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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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima