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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.

Details & Release Date For Sonic Youth's Score For French Thriller 'Simon Werner A Disparu'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2010 4:01 AM
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'Schizophrenia' Curiously Missing From Upcoming Release'One of the highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and a film that has undeservedly been ignored by distributors on this side of the ocean, was Fabrice Gobert's directorial debut "Simon Werner A Disaparu" (aka "Lights Out"). The film is a clever drama masquerading as a murder mystery following a group of teenagers chronicling events leading up to the disappearance of the titular character via flashback. We called the film "an insight to the tenuous and intangible qualities of those late sex-obsessed teenage years" with comparisons drawn to Rian Johnson's "Brick," with both films using a high school setting as a backdrop for a genre exercise and to explore the often strange teenage social dynamics.

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.

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.

Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe & 4 More To Direct Omnibus '7 Days In Havana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2010 8:04 AM
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While omnibus films tend to be a mixed bag, we keep going back to them because the talent always seems to promise great things, and in the case of the forthcoming "7 Days In Havana," that's no exception.

Review: 'Rare Exports' Is Not Quite As Bad As ' The Nutcracker 3D' (But Still Pretty Bad)

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 2, 2010 10:45 AM
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Jonny Greenwood's Score For 'Norwegian Wood' Gets A Japanese Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2010 5:38 AM
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Also Features Three Songs By CanFans of Radiohead and guitarist Jonny Greenwood take note. Your next purchase to fill out your completist catalog is likely going to be coming from overseas as Greenwood's score for Anh Hung Tran's "Norwegian Wood" has received a Japanese release.

Plot Details On Michael Haneke's 'These Two' With Isabelle Huppert, Shooting Starts In February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2010 5:54 AM
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Earlier this month, we brought you the news that Michael Haneke is reteaming with Isabelle Huppert (”The Piano Teacher,” “Time of the Wolf”) and French icon Jean-Louis Trintignant (Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Conformist,” Eric Rohmer‘s “My Night at Maud’s,” Claude Chabrol‘s “Les Biches” to name just a few classics) for a brutal-sounding story about the agony of aging, titled “These Two.”

Alain Resnais' 'Vous N'Avez Encore Rien Vu' Adds Andre Dussollier, Mathieu Amalric & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2010 2:19 AM
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Sabine Azema, Anne Cosigny, Lambert Wilson, Claude Rich Also On Board Clint Eastwood may have hit 80 this year, but he's positively youthful compared to veteran French director Alain Resnais, who'll turn 89 next June. With a directorial career stretching back to 1936, and taking in stone-cold classics like "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year in Marienbad," it's a feat that he's still up and about, let alone prepping another directorial feature.

Claire Denis And Isabelle Huppert Talk Inspiration And Structure Of 'White Material'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 20, 2010 3:06 AM
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If there ever were a body of work that not only begged but necessitated repeated viewings, it would be the oeuvre of Claire Denis. With an output that is often thematically dense and structurally fragmented, Denis is one of the few directors going today whose films will guarantee a best-of slot in any given year. Her latest releases, "35 Shots of Rum" and "White Material," have been some of her strongest works yet with the latter nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and opening this week through IFC Films. 'Material' marks the first collaboration between her and the brilliant thespian Isabelle Huppert, and we had the chance to speak to the actor and director about the film.

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