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Christian Bale To Star In Zhang Yimou's Epic 'Nanjing Heroes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2010 1:55 AM
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F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said that there were no second acts in American lives, but that presumably didn't include the Welsh-born Christian Bale, whose career to date seems to have been structured by Robert McKee. Beginning as a child star in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," and working consistently into his teens in such films as "Newsies" and "Swing Kids," the actor firmly moved into the adult phase of his career with his iconic performance in "American Psycho." That, in turn, saw him win the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's revival "Batman Begins," which has firmly landed the actor on the A-list.

Exclusive: Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' Headed To The Criterion Collection In 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 5:41 AM
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Release Will Contain Both The Extended Television & Theatrical CutsYesterday, we spoke with Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, where he shared with us plans for the new Sundance Selects distribution arm and SundanceNow online rental service. We took the opportunity of our conversation with Sehring to ask about the company's current relationship with with The Criterion Collection which has seen them license a number of titles to the boutique label including "Hunger," "Che," "Gomorrah," and "Fish Tank." Sehring said IFC will continue to work with Criterion Collection saying, "Our relationship with Criterion has been a very good one. It is something that I know they're pleased with as are we. We work very closely with them." Sehring, then revealed some very exciting news about a future Criterion title that also happens to be one of IFC's most highly regarded and acclaimed films of the year.

Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison, Banned From Filmmaking For 20 Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 2:21 AM
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Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi ("The Circle," "Offside," "The White Balloon") has been sentenced to six years in prison in addition to a year twenty year ban from making any films, writing any scripts, travelling abroad and conducting interviews. The news was confirmed to the Iranian press by his lawyer Farideh Gheyrat who plans to appeal the decision.

Exclusive: Javier Bardem Talks The Sorrow, Joy Of Being 'Biutiful' & Working With Terrence Malick

  • By Leah Zak
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  • December 20, 2010 5:50 AM
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Oscar-Winning Actor Also Says Reported Project With Tony Scott Is "Not Real"A dying street hustler with two young children, a bi-polar ex-wife and a dicey career in the black market of Barcelona, Alejandro González Iñárritu's harrowing humanist drama, “Biutiful,” follows the final days of Uxbal, as he struggles to prepare all the parts of his life to go on without him. Oh yes, and to complicate things, the man coming to terms with his own mortality has a special gift/curse; he sees dead people. At times touching, at others shocking and bleak, this film certainly produces affect, but it is biutiful indeed, and due in no small part to the performance of lead actor Javier Bardem. We recently had a chance to speak to the Oscar winner about the film’s critics, Hollywood's rallying around the film, the painful exercise of living the character Uxbal, his latest project with Terrence Malick and more.

First Look At Luc Besson's Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic 'The Lady'; David Thewlis Joins Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2010 3:44 AM
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Film Is Being Made Without Aung San Suu Kyi's PermissionAung San Suu Kyi has become an icon for democratic freedom. After spending fifteen years under house arrest in Burma after leading the National League for Democracy in an election victory of the ruling military junta in 1990, her struggle gained international attention and last month, she was finally released from house arrest. That's a pretty simple summary for a battle that over the years has mobilized student groups, human rights advocates and more as they leaned on Burma (and any corporations doing business with the nation) to do the right thing and recognize the injustice being perpetrated on Suu Kyi. So it's not a complete surprise that her story is being prepped for the big screen.

Watch: Dazzling, Lively Trailer For Wim Wenders' 3D Dance Doc 'Pina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 10:52 AM
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We'll be honest here. A documentary on dance isn't exactly our first choice for something to watch. Call us snobs, but hey, dance just isn't our bag. Combine that with a vehicle directed by Wim Wenders -- a great filmmaker to be sure -- who hasn't made a worthwhile film in years. So we'll be damned then if the trailer for "Pina," the long gestating tribute/documentary on famed choreographer and dancer Pina Bausch doesn't look absolutely fascinating.

IFC Confirms March 11, 2011 Release For 'Certified Copy' & Future Criterion Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 4:35 AM
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Some good news for arthouse fans this morning. IFC Films has confirmed that Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy" which made the festival rounds this year, will not only hit theaters on March 11, 2011 but will also be prepped for a future home video release by The Criterion Collection, marking yet another entry in the ongoing relationship between the two.

Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Will Hit Theaters September 16, 2011 Via Film District

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 14, 2010 11:19 AM
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We're bordering on giving Nicolas Winding Refn a *** job with all the myriad reports on his work, but what can we say, we admire the Danish filmmakers work ("Bronson," "The Pusher" trilogy, "Valhalla Rising") and his upcoming film "Drive" is very high up on our most anticipated 2011 list. So we'll keep it brief.

Luc Besson Directing 'Into The Light,' A Biopic Of Activist Aung San Suu Kyi Starring Michelle Yeoh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 3:02 AM
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Word has been kicking around about the project for the last couple of days and now the trades have confirmed that Luc Besson is currently hard at work shooting "Into The Light," a biopic on Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ryan Gosling & Nicolas Winding Refn May Team Up Again For An Undisclosed "Pop Culture Franchise"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 9, 2010 9:49 AM
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Actor Says He'd Consider A Role Like 'The Flash' If The Danish Filmmaker Was Directing; Has Discussed 'Wonder Woman' With Him TooEXCLUSIVE: We recently sat down and talked with Ryan Gosling about Derek Cianfrance's very-excellent and now R-Rated relationship drama “Blue Valentine,” and yes, of course our conversation veered off into other topics chiefly Gosling's upcoming collaboration with Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn on the action drama, "Drive," co-starring Carey Mulligan. A big fan of the director's gnarly, twisted and previous works like the prison drama, "Bronson," or the near-psychedelic, meditative Viking actioner,"Valhalla Rising," Gosling told us himself that he had handpicked Refn to direct "Drive."

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