Interview: Elijah Wood and Franck Khalfoun Talk Maniac

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 20 - 2013 0 Comment
Interview: Elijah Wood and Franck Khalfoun Talk Maniac

Instinctively creating sympathy for a seemingly deranged killer who commits horrific, violent crimes against women is not an easy job many people would rightfully consider taking. That task is even more difficult when it’s done through the reimagination of a famed cult horror thriller. But actor Elijah Wood and horror director Franck Fhalfoun did both with ‘Maniac,’ the new independent remake of the hit 1980 film of the same name by helmer William Lustig. Not only did Fhalfoun and Wood uniquely chronicle the emotions of a crazed serial killer through his point of view, the two also cleverly showcased the character’s motivations through clever cinematography and visual effects. ‘Maniac’ follows  [ Read More ]

Pablo Berger Directing Blancanieves

In 2004, writer-director Pablo Berger delivered an unlikely yet charming little Spanish-Danish comedic hybrid, “Torremolinos 73,” about an exasperated encyclopedia salesman who, along with his wife, accidentally trips into a career directing pornographic movies for import to Northern European countries. It took more than eight years for his totally different but equally unique follow-up, “Blancanieves,” the winner of 10 Goya Awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards. (The film was also Spain’s official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission.) In a case of good news/bad news, though, Berger’s movie — a black-and-white silent film that re-imagines the tale of Snow White through the prism of bullfighting, while also serving as  [ Read More ]


French Cinema Thriving with Third Annual My French Film Festival

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 24 - 2013 0 Comment
French Cinema Thriving with Third Annual My French Film Festival

With the success of last year’s Academy Award-winning romance comedy-drama ‘The Artist,’ the third annual My French Film Festival is showcasing the recent talent in French cinema. UniFrance Films has partnered with Eurocinema, the North American television and satellite platform for the online festival, which is currently running until February 17. The festival’s on-demand television channel is available in 30 million homes through major cable operators, including Comcast, Cablevision and Verizon. My French Film Festival, which was created by Regine Hatchondo, the Executive Director of UniFrance films, has increased in popularity with film fans all over the world. Last year, the second edition of the festival registered 1.3 million viewings  [ Read More ]

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Project X pulls it off

The box office results for the weekend of March 2nd – 4th sees audiences flocking to the world of Dr. Seuss once again. Nearly tripling runner-up “Project X”, Universal finally has a reason to celebrate its 100th anniversary with its first big hit of the year. Here are the studio estimates: 1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax ($70.7 million) 2. Project X ($20.7 million) 3. Act of Valor ($13.7 million) 4. Safe House ($7.2 million) 5. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds ($7 million) 6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($6.9 million) 7. The Vow ($6.1 million) 8. This Means War ($5.6 million) 9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ($4.7 million) 10. The  [ Read More ]

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Box Office Predictions: All Hail Dr. Seuss!

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 1 - 2012 0 Comment

Who’s ready to take a baby step towards the summer season? Sure, May is still a ways away, but March tends to be a month for movies that have blockbuster qualities. Then again, that likely won’t pertain to Project X. Todd Phillips hit it big with The Hangover, but that was an R-rated comedy made for an 18+ audience. Project X, however, is for a demographic that won’t be able to get in to see it. Still, it could end up kicking off its run with about $15 million, somewhat similar to Easy A. The Lorax, on the other hand, is undoubtedly off to a big start, likely scoring just  [ Read More ]

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It’s hard not to be happy if you receive an award, especially one so great as the Independent Spirit Award. Yesterday the annual awards show took place in Santa Monica where a mixture of the mainstream and independent cinema crowd all curled up together under one tent to honor all those movies that were voted the best of the year. After some of the filmmakers and actors received their awards they were brought over to the press room where we talked to them about taking home the wonderfully crafted statue. Easily one of the happiest recipients of them all was screenwriter Will Reiser who won the award for Best First  [ Read More ]


The Artist Leads Diverse Group of 2012 Academy Award Winners

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 27 - 2012 0 Comment

Members of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have sung their praises for the silent frontrunner of the 84th Academy Awards, honoring the romantic dramedy ‘The Artist’ with Best Picture. The movie is the first silent film to win Hollywood’s most respectable award since the original Oscar ceremony in 1929, when William A. Wellman’s ‘Wings’ was honored. In all, ‘The Artist’ won five awards at the 2012 Academy Awards, which were broadcast live on ABC from the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood, California. Actor Jean Dujardin won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of George Valentin in the film, making him the first French actor  [ Read More ]

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The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners List

Posted by Melissa Molina On February - 25 - 2012 0 Comment

Host Seth Rogen said during his opening monologue “With all the four seasons, there’s no season better than awards season.” For a town like Los Angeles, he speaks the truth. The whole city lights up in the warm glow of awards season around this time every year as Hollywood’s brightest and most talented are given prestigious awards further heightening their career. But what about the independent circuit? That’s where Film Independent comes in, an organization that formed the Independent Spirit Awards that not only honors some of the mainstream cinema we all are acquainted with but tips their hats to the indie front where the constant passion for filmmaking always  [ Read More ]

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The Weinstein Company Will Stream Films on Netflix Instead of Cable

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 22 - 2012 0 Comment

To help Netflix compete with pay cable movie channels, The Weinstein Company has made a deal to make some of the studio’s foreign language, documentary and other movies exclusively available to users of the on demand Internet streaming media, Slashfilm is reporting. As a result, such films as ‘The Artist,’ ‘Coriolanus’ and ‘W.E.’ will premiere on the Netflix Watch Instantly service, instead of such movie channels as HBO or Starz. The deal was reportedly made because The Weinstein Company’s research shows that certain movies will likely perform better with Netflix subscribers, instead of on cable. However, the deal is viewed as a blow to cable company deals. Other films making  [ Read More ]

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Drama, drama, drama. And no, I’m not referring to the genre. We’ve got folks at odds all throughout the industry. India’s Central Board of Film Certification isn’t happy with the level of nudity in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but David Fincher isn’t willing to make the required cuts, so it looks like Dragon Tattoo will be a no go for India. Similarly, Hungary gave a rather naughty Shame poster the thumbs down. On the other hand, we’ve also got quite a bit of film appreciation floating around out there, namely the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards. Hugo topped the pack with 11 honors while The Artist followed  [ Read More ]

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Oscar Nomination Reactions: The Shocks And Snubs

Posted by Melissa Molina On January - 25 - 2012 0 Comment

It’s been a few hours since the official list of nominations for this year’s 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced, and in typical fashion, not everyone is happy with all of the results, which include myself. Now it’s time to air out what was the best, and the worst, of this morning’s quick broadcast, along with a few predictions of who could win what. Again, Just Let “The Artist” Win Best Picture Already The Michel Hazanavicius film has been practically sweeping every other awards show that it’s been nominated into, so why wouldn’t it walk away with a couple of golden boys under it’s belt? It’d be surprising if this  [ Read More ]

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Here come the superheroes! We’ve got The Avengers plot details as well an update on Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. On top of that, there are a slew of new stills floating around out there including a few from The Dark Knight Rises and a shot of a duo that might as well be superheroes, Sylvester Stallone and Yu Nan in The Expendables 2. Over in awards season territory, Jennifer Lawrence nabbed the opportunity to unveil the Academy Award nominees alongside Tom Sherak while the critics already revealed their favorite films of the year, which consisted of The Artist, The Help and more. Looking further into the future, James Cameron’s next  [ Read More ]

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Announce Their Best Of 2011

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On January - 11 - 2012 0 Comment

Have you had enough awards season nomination and winner lists yet? Well, tough because the Alliance of Women Film Journalists just announced their picks for best of the year and not only am I a proud member of the organization, but it’s packed with many notable and admirable female journalists. Plus AWFJ also gives honors in a number of fun and unique categories that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only did The Artist snag the top honor, Best Film, but Best Director and the Unforgettable Moment Award for the sound of the glass clinking on the table, too. The Help earned two honors, Best Actress for Viola Davis’ performance  [ Read More ]

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I guess this is really the first Movie News Cheat Sheet of the year. Sure, we ran one on January 1st, but considering that edition was packed with the top stories of 2011, this is your first taste of the best of the best in movie news for 2012. There’s a couple big casting updates to report from Joel Edgerton signing on to lead Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden feature to Spike Lee losing another villain option for his remake of Oldboy. Then, of course, awards season nominations continue to come in and this time around, it’s the Writers Guild and Producers Guild pinpointing the finest films of last year.  [ Read More ]


In Your Opinion: The Artist

Posted by monique On January - 3 - 2012 0 Comment

There are few movies I forgot to talk about before 2011 ended, three of them being “The Artist,” “Pariah” and “Shame.” In the first “In Your Opinion” segment of the day, we’ll take a look at “The Artist.” “The Artist” is a silent film starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman and tells the story of a leading man (Dujardin) who’s career is at a turning point due to the invention of the “talkie.” Meanwhile, extra Peppy Miller (Bejo) is just starting her career in movies. The film has gotten the love from most critics and is one of the clear frontrunners for Best Picture at the Oscars. On  [ Read More ]

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