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Marion Cotillard starring in Dardenne’s next feature

February 26th, 2013 - admin

An exciting collaboration of major world cinema talents sees Marion Cotillard (‘La Vie En Rose’, ‘Rust and Bone’) starring in ‘Two Days, One Night’, the next feature from the two-time Palme d’Or winners, the Dardenne brothers.  Cotillard, the only actress to win a best actress Oscar for a French language film, will play a desperate employee, whose last hope of saving her job depends upon colleagues foregoing their bonus payments .  The finance crisis drama has Cannes written all over it.buy viagra online ukcheap viagra 100mgbuy viagra online canadaviagra 100mg price
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International box office (February 22-24, 2013)

February 25th, 2013 - admin

‘A Good Day To Die Hard’, starring Bruce Willis, retained its top spot at the international weekend box office after grossing $35.7m in 67 territories.  The action thriller took its running total to $133m during its second weekend in play, with a new release in France having the highest return of $5.5m.

 

Peter Jacksons’ ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ opened in China much later than most markets and grossed an impressive $17.8m.  The Middle-earth adventure has now earned $679m internationally.

 

‘Les Miserables’ continued its strong international performance, grossing a further $9.3m during the weekend.  Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation should cross the $250m mark during the next few days.

 

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is also approaching the $250m milestone after earning a further $8m over the three days.  Walt Disney’s animation stands at $428.2m worldwide after factoring in North America.buy viagra online ukcheap viagra 100mgbuy viagra online canadaviagra 100mg price
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Academy Awards 2013

February 25th, 2013 - admin

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Weekend Index (February 22-24, 2013)

February 25th, 2013 - admin

1. Identity Thief (Universal) UPI $14.1m ($93.7m) (2)
2. Snitch (Summit Entertainment) Exclusive Media $13m (NR)
3. Escape From Planet Earth (TWC) TWC Int’l $11m ($35.1m) (4)
4. Safe Haven (Relativity) FilmNation $10.6m ($48.1m) (3)
5. A Good Day To Die Hard (Fox) Fox Int’l $10m ($51.8m) (1)

 

Universal’s ‘Identity Thief’ returned to the No 1 spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing an impressive $14.1m.  The crime comedy has now made $93.7m after three weekends in play.

 

Summit Entertainment’s new release, ‘Snitch’, was level pegging with ‘Identity Thief’ on Friday and continued to perform strongly.  The action thriller finished the three days on $13m.

 

The Weinstein Company’s ‘Escape From Planet Earth’ grossed a solid $11m in third place.  The adventure animation, which only received modest pre-release marketing, has now made $35.1m domestically.

 

Lasse Hallström’s ‘Safe Haven’ took a further $10.6m over the three days, taking its overall tally to $48.1m.  The romantic mystery has comfortably over performed during its opening two weekends.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Good Day to Die Hard’ fell to fifth after grossing $10m.  As with last weekend, it made a slight recovery after a disappointing Friday.buy viagra online ukcheap viagra 100mgbuy viagra online canadaviagra 100mg price
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Argo wins best film Oscar

February 25th, 2013 - admin

For those who follow the awards season closely, there were signs before Christmas that momentum was swinging towards Ben Affleck’s Argo in the best film category, with late wins in the critics awards.  Victory in the Golden Globes strengthened its position and, after sweeping the board in the influential Guilds’ awards, last night’s Oscar success was a formality.

 

In one of the ironies of the awards season, Ben Affleck could easily have won best director on the back of Argo’s momentum had he received a nomination.  As it was, Ang Lee claimed his second Academy Award in this category for Life of Pi.

 

Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook) survived a late surge of support for Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) to win best actress.  For much of the awards season, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) looked like being her major challenger but fell away near the end.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) had plenty of practice writing his best actor speech after winning twenty four other awards over the winter.  He became the first actor in history to win the Oscar for a third time.

 

The best supporting actress Oscar was another forgone conclusion, going to Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) for her 22nd win of the awards season.  By contrast, best supporting actor was the most open of the Oscar races and saw Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) come from behind to secure victory.

 

 

Winners:

 

Best Picture:
“Argo”

 

Best Director:
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

 

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

 

Best Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

 

Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

 

Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

 

Best Original Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

 

Best Animated Feature:
“Brave”

 

Best Foreign Language FIlm:
“Amour”

 

Best Documentary Feature:
“Searching for Sugar Man”

 

Best Cinematography:
Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”

 

Best Film Editing:
William Goldenberg, “Argo”

 

Best Production Design:
“Lincoln”

 

Best Costume Design:
Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina”

 

Best Original Score:
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”

 

Best Original Song:
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”

 

Best Sound Editing:
Tie: “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall”

 

Best Sound Mixing:
“Les Miserables”

 

Best Visual Effects:
“Life of Pi”

 

Best Makeup:
“Les Miserables”

 

Best Animated Short:
“Paperman”

 

Best Live Action Short:
“Curfew”

 

Best Documentary Short:
“Inocente”
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Daily Index (February 22, 2013) #1 Movie

February 23rd, 2013 - admin

‘Identity Thief’, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, could return to the No 1 spot at the North American weekend  box office.  The crime comedy is embroiled in a close contest with Summit’s new release, ‘Snitch’, an action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson.  Both films grossed $4m on Friday but ‘Identity Thief’ should have more staying power over the three days.

 

Lasse Hallström’s ‘Safe Haven’ continued to performed well in third place, grossing a further $3.5m on Friday.  The romantic mystery should take in excess of $10m during the weekend .

 

The second highest Friday new release, ‘Dark Skies’, starring Keri Russell, returned a solid $3.2m.  Weinstein’ s low budget sc-fi thriller is in line for a three day tally around the $8-9m mark.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Good Day to Die Hard’, could only muster $2.8m on Friday and finished outside of the top five.buy viagra online ukcheap viagra 100mgbuy viagra online canadaviagra 100mg price
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Sessions, The

February 23rd, 2013 - admin

John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H Macy are superb in this sensitive film that tackles challenging subject matter with an unpretentious humour and honesty, keeping uncomfortable moments free from the intervention of safe clichés, conventions and feel good mainstream nonsense.

 

Hawkes plays Mark O’Brien, a journalist, poet and severely disabled polio victim, who spends his life attached to an iron lung except for a few hours a day when carers provide some mobility wheeling him around on a gurney.  With a short life expectancy and now approaching middle aged, time is running out for the fulfilment of his sexual and romantic desires that largely simmer away below the surface but occasionally boil over to the unease of his able bodied companions.  We see a hired help look at him with disdain – one of those ‘not again’ looks – when he accidentally ejaculates during a wash, an involuntary physical reaction that, self-evidently, fills him with terror and guilt.  He falls in love with another carer and she loves him too but not ‘in that way’ and finds it easier to leave than work through the emotional fallout.

 

It is time for action and he turns to Farther Brenden, a sympathetic Catholic priest, for his blessing to engage a sexual therapist/surrogate; in short, a plan to enjoy full intimate relations before hitting the metaphorical ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’.  William H Macy plays the Father with a gentle worldly knowingness slightly at odds with his position, which appeals to Mark and forms the basis of an unlikely but engaging ‘bromance’ where looks are often more meaningful than words.

 

The sex therapy – the sessions of the film’s title, limited to six only – are undeniably as confused, ungainly, embarrassing, and, at times, almost unwatchable as they sound.  This is a messy affair of premature ejaculations, sexual failure and the sheer physical impossibility of being in the right place at the right time and other less seemly parts of sex that the movies usually sidestep and most us hide away in the ‘too much information’ file.

 

The surrogate breezes into the first session with a supreme confidence, whipping off her clothes before we can say Lady Godiva but displaying a naturalness and grace that wrong-foots O’Brien and the audience.  This is a tricky role and one that Helen Hunt embraces with considerable maturity and conviction, the kind of performance that should earn an Oscar but almost certainly won’t.  She plays a forty something married woman who seems in total control balancing the potential conflicts between her working and private lives, persuasively drawing distinctions between her services and those of a prostitute and guiding O’Brien into the unknown with great care.  And yet, there are odd moments – slowly washing her face during an encounter, a look into the distance over his shoulder – that point to an otherwise latent anxiety.

 

There is a chemistry between the leads, which Hawkes and Hunt masterfully tweak, giving genuine credence to a creeping intimacy.  What begins as empathy grows into something else as O’Brien’s combination of openness and sharp wit takes her by surprise and, at one and the same time, sets off metaphorical alarm bells.  It all ends almost without starting; another body blow for O’Brien but one that comes with a silver lining in the form of a new confidence and a killer “I am not a virgin’ chat-up line that opens new doors.

 

Ben Lewin’s straightforward direction pays off, opting for a character driven drama without frills.  His script, based on O’Brien’s magazine article, ‘On Seeing a Sex Surrogate’, is lively and affecting.  And the exemplary performances earned the cast a special jury prize at Sundance for ensemble acting.buy viagra online ukcheap viagra 100mgbuy viagra online canadaviagra 100mg price
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Scott Cooper to make Depression-era crime drama

February 21st, 2013 - admin

Scott Cooper (‘Crazy Heart’) will write and direct a big screen adaptation of Michael Armour’s forthcoming novel ‘The Road Home’, a Depression-era crime drama with the obligatory brutal murder, police cover-up and plenty of scandal.  Leonardo DiCaprio’s presence in the production team has fuelled inevitable speculation that he will play the lead but casting is still under wraps.  Cooper’s second feature, ‘Out Of The Furnace’, starring Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana, is currently in post production.buy viagra online ukcheap viagra 100mgbuy viagra online canadaviagra 100mg price
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Writers Guild of America’s Awards 2013

February 18th, 2013 - admin

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International box office (February 15-17, 2013)

February 18th, 2013 - admin

‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ dominated the international weekend box office, grossing $61.5m in 63 territories.  The action thriller, the fifth of the ‘Die Hard’ franchise, claimed the top spot in 32 out of the 37 markets where it opened.  The UK, Japan and Russia had the highest returns on $7.6m , $6.8m and $6.7m respectively.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’, grossed an additional $13.7m in second place.  The revisionist spaghetti western crossed the $200m milestone over the weekend.

 

Walt Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, which hit the same milestone last weekend, remained steady.  The Oscar nominee grossed a further $11.5m, taking its overall tally to $225.6m.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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Weekend Index (February 15-17, 2013)

February 18th, 2013 - admin

1. A Good Day To Die Hard (Fox) Fox Int’l $25m ($33.2m) (NE)

2. Identity Thief (Universal) UPI $23.4m ($70.7m) (1)

3. Safe Haven (Relativity) FilmNation $21.4m ($30.3) (NE)

4. Escape From Planet Earth (TWC) TWC Int’l $16.1m (NE)

5. Warm Bodies (Summit) Summit Int’l $9m $50.2m (2)

 

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, starring Bruce Willis, made a recovery from a lacklustre Friday to finish the weekend on $25m.  The action thriller had enjoyed all the hype of an established franchise ahead of its opening.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Identity Thief’, continued to perform strongly, grossing $23.4m over the three days.  Seth Gordon’s crime comedy crossed the $70m mark after just two weekends in play.

 

Romantic mystery, ‘Safe Haven’ made a greater impression on the box office than first anticipated.  The latest feature from veteran Swedish filmmaker, Lasse Hallström (‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, ‘The Cider House Rules’ and ‘My Life as a Dog’) grossed $21.4m during its first weekend.

 

‘Escape from Planet Earth’ came in fourth after an impressive $16.1m weekend tally.  Weinstein’s adventure animation only received modest marking prior to its release.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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Jennifer Lawrence to reunite with David O Russell

February 18th, 2013 - admin

David O Russell is assembling a stellar cast for his next feature, Abscam, reuniting with Silver Linings Playbook’s leads, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and The Fighter’s supporting duo, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.  With both those films and all four performances receiving Oscar nominations, it already has the look of a serious awards season contender even before the cameras roll.  The inventive Russell is now turning to a crime drama for an individual interpretation of a real life 1970’s police sting operation after transcending the romCom (Silver Linings Playbook) and the boxing sub-genre (The Fighter) in his last two films.  Filming should get under way shortly.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & ‘Argo’ win top prizes at the WGA awards

February 18th, 2013 - admin

The Writers Guild of America’s awards’ strict insistence on excluding films that fail to comply with a specified collective bargaining arrangement, takes out 40% of those eligible for an Oscar; making it less relevant than the other guilds as an awards season indicator.

 

This was particularly evident in the original screenplay category where the current Oscar frontrunner, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’, and its main competitor, Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’, fell foul of the rules.  It left the coast clear for Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, based on Mark Boal’s script, to take the award.

 

The best adapted screenplay saw Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ continue its domination of the crucial guilds awards with yet another win.  ‘Argo’ defeated Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’, its main challenger for Oscar success in this category. Chris Terrio adapted the script from ‘The Master Of Disguise’ (Antonio J Mendez) and Wired Magazine’s article ‘The Great Escape (Joshuah Bearman)’.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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Berlin International Film Festival 2013 (February 7-17)

February 17th, 2013 - admin

Opening film:

 

The Grandmaster
Wong Kar Wai

 

Wong Kar Wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’, starring Tony Leung, will open the Berlin International Film Festival out of competition on Feb 7.  Best known for his multi-award winning ‘In The Mood For Love’ and other uniquely stylised Hong Kong dramas, ‘The Grandmaster’ marks a change of direction as his first martial-arts epic.  It is, nevertheless, based on a concept that he formulated early in his career and focuses on Bruce Lee’s ‘legendary’ mentor IP Man.  Wong will be a prominent figure at Berlin next year where he is already serving as the President of the International Jury.

 

 

Main competition (world premieres):

 

Camille Claudel 1915
Bruno Dumont

 

Bruno Dumont’s seventh feature ‘Camille Claudel 1915’ does what it says on the tin.  Juliette Binoche plays the French sculptor of the film’s title during the year that she becomes an involuntary patient in a mental asylum after increasingly erratic behaviour.  With little of her work surviving, Claudel is best known as being the mistress of Rodin, with whom she worked on the The Gates of Hell, and the sister of the poet, Paul Claudel.  Dumont’s ‘Hadewijch’ won the the international critics award (FIPRESCI) at the Toronto International Film Festival four years ago.

 

 

Child’s Pose
Peter Netzer

 

The latest offering from the Romanian new wave arrives in the form of Calin Peter Netzer’s third feature, ‘Child’s Pose’.  New wave regular, Luminita Gheorghiu (‘4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days’,’The Death Of Mr Lazarescu’, ’12:08 East of Bucharest’), plays a mother who protects a son after he is responsible for a serious accident.  Netzer won a special jury prize at Locarno International Film Festival for his debut film, ‘Maria’.

 

 

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Danis Tanovic

 

Setting out his stall in the matter of fact film title, ‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’, Danis Tanovic’s latest feature sits firmly in the East European hard edged realist tradition.  It features a thirty something pregnant woman, who is urgently in need of surgery but cannot afford the medical fees.  Tanovic made his name over a decade ago with his debut feature  ‘No Man’s Land’, which won many awards, including best screenplay at Cannes.

 

 

Gloria
Sebastián Lelio

 

Sebastián Lelio’s ‘Gloria’ is the latest feature to emerge from the sometimes overlooked Chilean new wave.  Paulina García stars as a fifty something divorcée, who encounters unexpected obstacles after finding a potential long term partner.  The drama plays out against contemporary political developments.

 

 

Gold
Thomas Arslan

 

In the vein of Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Thomas Arslan takes us to Canada at the end of the 19th century when a group of prospectors search for the gold fields, ignorant of the dangers that lie ahead.  Nina Hoss returns from last year’s Berlin, when she starred in Christian Petzold’s best director winner, ‘Barbara’, to play the lead, a courageous woman, displaying more resilience than those around her who are better equipped.  Arslan made his mark at Berlin with the crime drama ‘Dealer’, which picked up two awards in the 1999 Forum sidebar, including the FIPRESCI prize.

 

 

Harmony Lessons
Emir Baigazin

 

With auteur heavyweights often waiting for high profile world premieres at Cannes in May, Berlin has given competition berths to some outstanding features from more remote parts of the world that would have otherwise slipped through the net.  Emir Baigazin’s debut feature, ‘Harmony Lessons’, is already attracting a buzz ahead of its world premiere and could be the latest to fall into this category.  It is the first ever Kazakhstan film to compete for the Golden Bear, and newcomer, Timur Aidarbekov, plays a teenager who plots a revenge against the school bully.

 

 

In The Name Of
Malgoska Szumowska

 

Malgoska Szumowska’s sixth feature, ‘In The Name Of’ is her first to compete in the main competition at Berlin.  Leading Polish actor, Andrzej Chyra (Katyn, The Collector, The Debt) plays a gay Catholic priest who faces the prospect of provoking a scandal in his local community.  It sounds more promising than her patchy last film ‘Elles’.

 

 

Layla Fourie
Pia Marais

 

Pia Marais returns to her native South Africa for a contemporary thriller shaped by the country’s apartheid past.  Rayna Campbell plays a single mother who takes a job polygraph testing, a potentially powerful metaphor for distrust and deceit.  Marais won a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival for ‘The Unpolished’ six years ago.

 

 

A Long And Happy Life
Boris Khlebnikov

 

Boris Khlebnikov makes his first appearance in competition at Berlin with his keenly anticipated ‘A Long And Happy Life’.  A tough drama in the Russian realist tradition has Alexander Yatsenko starring as a farm manager, who puts his neck on the line fighting local corruption.  It marks a return to the Berlinale for Pavel Kostomarov following his Silver Bear three years ago for the cinematography on Aleksey Popogrebskiy’s ‘How I Ended This Summer’.  Khlebnikov is best known for ‘Roads To Koktebel’, which he co-directed with Popogrebskiy.

 

 

On my Way
Emmanuelle Bercot

 

Emmanuelle Bercot has an intriguing cast for her latest feature, ‘On my Way’,
including acting legend, Catherine Deneuve, and singer, Camille.  Deneuve plays    a worldly grandmother, who goes on the run when facing bankruptcy and a love life in ruins and reconnects with her past in unexpected ways.  Bercot’s ‘Backstage’ won best director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.

 

 

Paradise: Hope
Ulrich Seidl

 

Ulrich Seidl has been a dominant figure on the festival circuit during the last nine months with the first two parts of his ‘Paradise’ trilogy premiering at Cannes and Venice respectively, and the final instalment now receiving its berth at Berlin.  The latest family member to come under the spotlight, a thirteen year old girl, discovers her first romantic feelings when staying at an austere diet camp.  The second of the trilogy, ‘Paradise: Faith’, won a special jury prize at Venice.

 

 

Parde (Closed Curtain)
Jafar Panahi

 

Jafar Panahi defied his twenty-year filmmaking ban with ‘This Is Not a Film’, a subtle documentary on the frustrations and injustice of house arrest that simultaneously threw down the gauntlet to the Iranian authorities.  He now repeats the trick with his follow-up, ‘Parde’ (‘Closed Curtain’), which he made with the aid of co-director, Kamboziya Partovi.  Panahi won the Jury Grand Prix for Offside at Berlin 2006.

 

 

La Religieuse (The Nun)
Guillaume Nicloux

 

Guillaume Nicloux becomes the latest filmmaker to take on a big screen adaptation of Denis Diderot’s controversial novel, ‘La Religieuse’ (‘The Nun’).  Boosting a strong cast, including Pauline Etienne and Isabelle Huppert, it portrays the harsh reality of a young nun forced into a convent against her will.  Jacques Rivette’s version was so critical of the church, the French authorities banned it.

 

 

Vic+Flow Saw A Bear
Denis Coté

 

Canadian filmmaker, Denis Coté, can claim the most intriguing title of the films competing for this year’s Golden Bear.  Pierrette Robitaille plays a tough ex-con looking for a quiet existence on the outside but faces a few surprises along the way.  Coté won the Golden Leopard for his last fictional feature, ‘Curling’, at the Locarno International Film Festival.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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‘Child’s Pose’ takes the Golden Bear

February 17th, 2013 - admin

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival’s jury caught some observers off guard when awarding the Golden Bear to Calin Peter Netzer’s third feature, ‘Child’s Pose’.  It continues the extraordinary success of Romanian cinema on the world stage but the film’s producer, Ada Solomon, has warned of a new funding crisis that could undermine it in the future.  Luminita Gheorghiu, a mainstay of the Romanian new wave, plays a domineering mother looking to use unlawful influence in protecting her son from a manslaughter charge.

 

Danis Tanovic’s ‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’ was a double winner, taking Silver Bears for the grand jury prize and best actor (Nazif Mujić).  In the most extraordinary backstory of this year’s BIFF, Mujić reluctantly played himself in the docudrama that tells of the painfully true story of his wife being denied urgent medical attention on cost grounds.

 

Paulina García received a best actress Silver Bear for her performance in Sebastian Lelio’s popular ‘Gloria’.  It is the latest film to arrive from Chile’s vibrant contemporary cinema and García plays a fifty something divorcée, who encounters unexpected obstacles after finding a potential long term partner.

 

Jafar Panahi’s defiant ‘Closed Curtain’ was the pre-ceremony favourite to take the Golden Bear but had received criticism for being over academic.  It is Panahi’s second film made in contravention of the unjustified twenty year filmmaking ban that he suffered at the hands of the Iranian authorities.

 

Awards:

 

Golden Bear:

 

Child’s Pose
Călin Peter Netzer

 

 

Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear):

 

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
Danis Tanović

 

 

Silver Bear for Best Director:

 

David Gordon Green for Prince Avalanche

 

 

Alfred Bauer Prize for new perspectives:

 

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Denis Côté

 

 

Silver Bear for Best Actress:

 

Paulina García for Gloria

 

 

Silver Bear for Best Actor:

 

Nazif Mujić for An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

 

 

Silver Bear for Best Script:

 

Jafar Panahi for Closed Curtain

 

 

Award for an outstanding artistic contribution:

 

Aziz Zhambakiyev for Harmony Lessons (cinematography)

 

 

Best First Feature Award:

 

The Rocket
Kim Mordaunt

 

 

Special Mentions:

 

Promised Land
Gus Van Sant

 

Layla Fourie
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Daily Index (February 15, 2013) #1 Movie

February 16th, 2013 - admin

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ – $7.2m

 

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ marginally finished top of Friday’s North American box office but its $7.2m return was at the lower end of expectations.  The action thriller has received strong P & A support to enhance the franchises already established fan base.

 

By contrast, ‘Safe Haven’, the latest film from veteran Swedish filmmaker, Lasse Hallström (‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, ‘The Cider House Rules’ and ‘My Life as a Dog’), over-performed in second place.  The romantic mystery emerged as a strong contender to win the weekend box office after grossing $7.15m on Friday

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Identity Thief’, came in third but still returned a strong $6.5m for a drop of just 41%.  Seth Gordon’s crime comedy has now grossed

an impressive $53.8m after eight days in play.

 

Weinstein’s Escape from Planet Earth had a quiet Friday opening without hype and earned a solid $3.7m.  The adventure animation looks set to gross in excess of $12m over the three days.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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Summer release for Paul Schrader’s latest

February 15th, 2013 - admin

In a sign of the times, Paul Schrader’s latest feature, ‘The Canyons’, has found it difficult to attract potential buyers.  Now that IFC Films have taken the plunge and acquired North American distribution rights, Schrader’s cynical take on Hollywood seems set for a summer day-and-date theatrical/VOD debut.  Bestselling ‘American Psycho’ author, Bret Easton Ellis, provides the script, setting up an intriguing collaboration with Schrader, who remains best known for writing Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ and directing ‘American Gigolo’.  Lindsay Lohan leads a wide-ranging cast, which includes porn star, James Deen, and filmmaker, Gus Van Sant.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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Diego Luna to commence shooting on new feature

February 12th, 2013 - admin

Diego Luna’s busy directing schedule shows no sign of easing with news breaking today that he will start filming on his fourth feature, ‘Mr Pig’, during the next few weeks.  It will be the follow-up to his first English language film, currently in post production, a portrayal of the iconic Latino American civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena.  Luna originally intended to enter production on ‘Mr Pig’ at the end of the year but has continued to withhold plot details notwithstanding its earlier date.  There is growing interest in both films on the back of Luna’s perceptive comedy drama, ‘Abel’, which expertly blended the Mexican new wave with Luis Bunuel surrealism.gel lyte v v-gel v gel candid v gel
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Weekend Index (February 8-10, 2013)

February 11th, 2013 - admin

1. Identity Thief (Universal) UPI $36.6m (NE)
2. Warm Bodies (Summit) Summit International $11.5m ($36.7m)
3. Side Effects (Open Road) FilmNation $10m (NE)
4. Silver Linings Playbook (TWC) TWC International $6.9m ($90m) (3)
5. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount) PPI $5.8m ($43.8m) (2)

 

‘Identity Thief’ overcame the elements to gross $36.6m in dominating the North American weekend box office.  Seth Gordon’s crime comedy exceeded expectations even allowing for its strong Friday opening.

 

‘Warm Bodies’ fell one place to No 2 after grossing an average $11.5m during its second weekend in play.  The zombie romance, which performed well during last week’s opening, has taken its overall tally to $36.7m.

 

Another new entry, Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’, made a slight recovery after falling bellow par on Friday.  The Golden Lion nominee, starring Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara, finished the three days on $10m.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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BAFTA Awards 2013

February 11th, 2013 - admin

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International box office (February 8-10, 2013)

February 11th, 2013 - admin

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ retained its top position at the international weekend box office after grossing $18.7m from 65 markets.  Germany was again the controversial Western’s most successful territory where it returned a further $3.9m after four weekends in play.  It has now taken an impressive $187.1m internationally.

 

Fox International’s ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’, starring Bruce Willis, opened in seven markets for $10.1m.  The action thriller scored highest in South Korea with a strong $4.2m over the three days.

 

‘Lincoln’ was only marginally behind on $10m, taking its overall tally to $47.6m.  Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominee opened in seven new territories, including Australia where it grossed $1.8m.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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Argo continues Oscar march with victory at the BAFTA’s

February 11th, 2013 - admin

There was a short period after the pre-Christmas critics awards and before the industry guilds had their say, when it looked as if we might be heading for a competitive Oscar race in the best film category.  Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty had totally dominated the early part of the critics’ awards but had faltered slightly near the end, and there were signs that the industry support for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was less robust than first thought.  Close observers, though, would have noticed Ben Affleck’s Argo starting to develop some momentum during the critics’ later announcements, but few could have imagined that it would go on to sweep the board with wins at the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, PGA, SAG and DGA awards.  Its seemingly unstoppable charge towards Oscar success continued last night when it claimed best film at the BAFTA’s.

 

Argo’s only serious blip came with a shock omission from the Oscar nominations for best director but its victory in that category at the BAFTA’s was almost inevitable now that the full driving force of the awards season is behind it.

 

The BAFTA’s went against the grain in awarding best actress to Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) rather than Oscar favourite, Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), or her closest challenger, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty).  There was no such surprise in the best actor category with Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) picking up his 24th win of the winter.

 

Nor was there a shock in the best supporting actress category where Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) took her winter tally to twenty one.  Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) claimed best supporting actor and could still take the Oscar ahead of current frontrunner, Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).

 

 

Awards:

 

Best picture
Argo

 

Best British film
Skyfall

 

Best director
Ben Affleck, Argo

 

Best actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

 

Best actress
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

 

Best supporting actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

 

Best supporting actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

 

Best original screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

 

Best adapted screenplay
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

 

Best foreign film
Amour: Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz

 

Best documentary
Searching for Sugar Man: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

 

Best animation
Brave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

 

Best cinematography
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

 

Best editing
William Goldenberg, Argo

 

Best production design
Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson: Les Miserables

 

Best costume design
Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

 

Best make up and hair
Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables

 

Best sound
Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst: Les Miserables

 

Best original music
Thomas Newman, Skyfall

 

Best special visual effects
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer: Life of Pi

 

Best short animation
The Making of Longbird: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

 

Best short film
Swimmer: Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

 

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Bart Layton (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer), The Imposter

 

The EE Rising Star award (voted for by public)
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Daily Index (February 8, 2013) #1 Movie

February 9th, 2013 - admin

Seth Gordon’s ‘Identity Thief’, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, grossed a strong $11.2m on its Friday opening to take control of the North American box office.  The crime comedy had to overcome serious storms and some cinema closures and Universal is now anticipating a $35m return over the weekend.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Warm Bodies’ grossed $3.3m, a fall  of 60% from its Friday debut.  The quirky zombie romance has, nevertheless, grossed a solid $28.4m overall.

 

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’, currently competing for the Golden Lion at the Berlin International Film Festival, could only muster a disappointing $2.8m on its opening.  The adult drama looks set to finish the three days on approximately $9m.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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eOne take’s next Falardeau feature

February 7th, 2013 - admin

eOne has acquired distribution rights in multiple territories, including UK, Spain and Australia, to Philippe Falardeau’s next feature ‘The Good Lie’, starring Reese Witherspoon.  Currently in pre-production, it will feature a young refugee who relocates to the US but still misses his Sudan homeland notwithstanding civil war.  Following on from ‘Monsieur Lazhar’, which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film, Falardeau is continuing to explore the complexities of migration in the contemporary world.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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Lone Scherfig’s next feature starts filming during May

February 5th, 2013 - admin

‘An Education’ filmmaker, Lone Scherfig, has come on board ‘Posh’, for another quirky coming of age drama.  Adapted by Laura Wade from her play of the same name, it features a group of arrogant rich kids behaving as if they were above the law as a precursor to later life.  Casting is under way and Scherfig plans to start filming during May.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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Johnny Depp to play mobster, James “Whitey” Bulger

February 4th, 2013 - admin

Ever since last year’s capture of brutal mobster, James “Whitey” Bulger, after 15 years on the run, his story seemed destined for the big screen.  Bulger famously turned police informer during the Seventies to destroy a rival crime family in return for the police ignoring his activities.  There are currently three competing Bulger biopics at various stages of development/pre-production but one sprung into the action today with the announcement that Johnny Depp is on board to play the lead role.  Barry Levinson will direct, based on Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestseller ‘Black Mass’.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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Weekend Index (February 1-3, 2013)

February 4th, 2013 - admin

1. Warm Bodies (Summit) Summit International ($19.5m) (NE)
2. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount) PPI $9.2m ($34.5m) (1)
3. Silver Linings Playbook (TWC) TWC International $8.1m ($80.4m) (4)
4. Mama (Universal) UPI $6.7m ($58.3m) (2)
5. Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures) Panorama/Universal $5.3m ($77.8m) (3)

 

Summit’s ‘Warm Bodies’ easily won the North American weekend box office, grossing $19.5m over the three days.  It was in line with market expectations after the zombie romance opened on Friday with a strong $8.1m.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters’ returned $9.2m for a decent second weekend hold.  The fantasy adventure has now grossed $34.5m for Paramount.

 

Strong ‘word of mouth’ is continuing to pay dividends for David O. Russell’s quirky romCom, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.  The Oscar nominee grossed an excellent $8.1m for a new running total of $80.4m.

 

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International box office (February 1-3, 2013)

February 4th, 2013 - admin

Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar nominee, ‘Django Unchained’ retained its No I position at the international weekend box office after grossing a further $30.6m from 65 markets.  Germany and France again proved the controversial Western’s two most successful territories with strong No 1 holds of $6.4m and $4.9m respectively.  The weekend saw it pass the $150m mark internationally overall.

 

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ continued its strong international performance, returning a further $15m from 36 markets after three weekends in play.  The fantasy adventure’s international running total increased to $62.5m, and, after factoring in North America, it stands $3m short of the $100m mark worldwide.

 

‘Lincoln’ made steady progress, grossing $13m over the three days from 43 markets.  Steven Spielberg’s historical epic now stands at $32.7m internationally.yasmin online uk yasmin pille online bestellen ohne rezept buy yasmin birth control yasmin birth control online
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Daily Index (February 1, 2013) #1 Movie

February 2nd, 2013 - admin

Summit’s ‘Warm Bodies’ took control of the North American box office after grossing a higher than expected $8.1m on its Friday opening.  The quirky zombie romance has a shot at exceeding $20m over the weekend.

 

Last week’s No 1, ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, dropped by an expected 51% in second place with a return of $2.9m.  The fantasy adventure has now grossed a decent $28.2m after eight days in play.

 

Oscar nominee, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, continued its strong box office performance, after taking a further $2.42m for a surprising rise of 3% from last Friday.  The idiosyncratic romCom has now grossed an excellent $74.7m since its platform release, proving that David O Russell can achieve commercial success notwithstanding a return to his indie roots.yasmin 30 buy yasmin online uk yasmin vs ortho tri cyclen generic for yasmin birth control
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Argo wins again

February 2nd, 2013 - admin

Ben Affleck (‘Argo’) became only the third winner of the DGA’s best director for a fiction film after failing to secure an Academy Award nomination in the same category.  The victory follows hot on the heels of  ‘Argo’ taking the top prize at the PGA and SAG awards last weekend, when the Iranian hostage drama became the firm frontrunner for the Academy Award’s best film.  Affleck was the only nominee not to have won the DGA award previously.

 

Malik Bendjelloul (Searching For Sugar Man) took the best director for a documentary film.  The popular rock-doc is also nominated for a best documentary Oscar and is the current favourite to take the award.

 

The DGA honoured Milos Forman (‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’) with a lifetime achievement award.
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Directors Guild of America’s Awards 2013

February 2nd, 2013 - admin

 

 
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