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Post by Admin on Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:49 pm

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London Film Festival opens with Jude Law, Rachel Weisz in romantic roundtable ‘360’

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2:58 PM

LONDON — A Brazilian director, an international cast and three made-in-Britain Hollywood stars — the London Film Festival opened Wednesday with “360,” a tale of intertwined romances on several continents.

It was a fittingly globe-circling beginning to a cinema showcase that includes more than 300 features and shorts from 55 countries.

( Joel Ryan / Associated Press ) - Slovakian actresses Lucia Siposova, right and Gabriela Marcinkova, 2nd from left, stand next to Brazilian Director Fernando Meirelles and Russian actress Dinara Drukarova, during the photocall for 360, the opening film for the London Film Festival, at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.
( Joel Ryan / Associated Press ) - Slovakian actresses Lucia Siposova, centre, and Gabriela Marcinkova, right, join Russian actress Dinara Drukarova, during the photocall for 360, the opening film for the London Film Festival, at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.
( Jonathan Short / Associated Press ) - British actor Jude Law arrives on the red carpet for the European Premiere of 360, the opening film for the London Film Festival, at a central London Cinema, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.
( Jonathan Short / Associated Press ) - U.S actress Gillian Anderson arrives on the red carpet for the European Premiere of 360, the opening film for the London Film Festival, at a central London Cinema, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

( Joel Ryan / Associated Press ) - Slovakian actresses Lucia Siposova, right and Gabriela Marcinkova, 2nd from left, stand next to Brazilian Director Fernando Meirelles and Russian actress Dinara Drukarova, during the photocall for 360, the opening film for the London Film Festival, at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

“It is very international, and therefore it feels entirely apt,” said festival artistic director Sandra Hebron.

A bearded Jude Law, who appears along with Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz and actors from Russia, Slovakia, Germany and beyond, posed for fans on the red carpet before the premiere of the film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and based on Arthur Schnitzler’s century-old play “La Ronde.”

Law praised Meirelles, best known for “City of God,” ‘’who has woven this wonderful international ensemble together.”

Meirelles said he was shocked to be asked to open the festval for a second time — diplomatic thriller “The Constant Gardener” was the first-night film in 2005 — because “usually festivals open with big, bombastic films.”

“This is a very intimate film, a delicacy,” he said.

Like many delicacies, it is not to everyone’s taste. The film has so far had decidedly mixed reviews, with some praising its quiet complexity but others finding the interlinked vignettes glib.

The two-week festival in London promises something for cinephiles and celebrity-watchers alike — including two star turns from George Clooney. He directed and stars in political thriller “The Ides of March” and plays a detached father thrust into a caring role in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”

Stars expected on the red carpet range from funnyman Seth Rogen to dramatic powerhouse Michael Fassbender — playing both a sex addict in Steve McQueen’s “Shame” and Carl Jung in David Cronenberg’s psychoanalytic drama “A Dangerous Method.”

Films with literary roots include Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, “Coriolanus,” Andrew Arnold’s brooding “Wuthering Heights” and “Trishna,” and Michael Winterbottom’s India-set take on Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” starring Freida Pinto.

Founded in 1957 to show the best of the year’s world cinema to a British audience, the festival has in the past few years tried to carve out a place on the international festival calendar with bigger pictures and more glittering stars.

While most of the films have already made their debuts at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto or Venice, there are 13 world premieres in the lineup, most of them new British features.

Highlights include “The Kid With a Bike,” a drama from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers; Nanni Moretti’s Vatican satire “We Have a Pope”; Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” starring Elizabeth Olsen as a traumatized cult runaway; and French director Michael Hazanavicius’ delightful silent-film homage “The Artist.”

Controversy may be provided by “W.E.” — Madonna’s take on the romance between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, critically derided at its Venice debut — and Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare-bashing “Anonymous,” which stars Rhys Ifans as the putative true author of the Bard’s plays.

On Oct. 26, the festival will hand out a best-picture prize, from a shortlist that includes “The Artist, “The Descendants,” Aleksandr Sokurov’s Venice Film festival winner “Faust” and Lynne Ramsay’s high school massacre drama “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

The festival closes Oct. 27 with “Deep Blue Sea,” which stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale — stiff upper lips a-quiver — in Terence Davies’ adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s play about a postwar love triangle.
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Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
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Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender
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Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano, Mathieu Kassovitz
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Mallory Kane (Carano) is a young, tough, beautiful freelance covert operative. She is hired out by her handler, Kenneth (McGregor), to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a failed mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Kenneth quickly dispatches Mallory to Dublin where she partners with another operative the suave and debonair Paul (Fassbender). When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double-crossed, she must use all of her skills and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her.
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Soundtrack Festival: 16th-20th November – Preview
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SOUNDTRACK RETURNS TO CARDIFF NOV 16-20 WITH STRONGEST FILM LINE UP

The Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival (www.soundtrackfilmfestival.com) is back in the Cardiff city region this November 16-20 with the strongest line-up of films in the short history of an event that explores and celebrates the unique relationship between film and music – with tickets on sale from today.

Soundtrack was described by Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, who featured in the first event in 2008, as “crucial, given the exploding role of music in the soundtrack of our digital lives”, and the programme this year is bookended by previews of BAFTA award winning director Steve McQueen’s Shame, which opens the festival on Nov 16, and Coriolanus, the directorial debut of Oscar nominated actor Ralph Fiennes which closes Soundtrack on the 20th. Highlights include Grammy Award winning filmmaker and musician Don Letts; comedian Adam Buxton (of Adam & Joe fame); a 40th anniversary celebration of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and a live soundtrack by Mercury Prize nominees Guillemots.

Funded by the Film Agency for Wales and the Major Events Unit of the Welsh Government, with continued support from Chapter Arts Centre and Cineworld in Cardiff, Soundtrack features screenings, in conversations, discussion panels, special live performances and educational workshops taking place in venues across Cardiff, and this year for the first time in Newport, where support has been forthcoming from Newport City Council, Capital Region Tourism and the Newport Film School.

Suzanne Alizart, interim chief executive at the Film Agency for Wales said: “This is a flagship event for the Film Agency, which has demonstrated from its first outing its commitment to internationally renowned film and music talent, spotlighting Wales to the world. This year’s programme once again reflects our ability to attract major names in the film and music world, with more film previews than ever before and an expansion into Newport for the first time.”

Don Letts will be at the festival to screen his 2005 film Punk Attitude, and talk about his career as a director. Famous for chronicling the Punk scene and for introducing Punks to Reggae, Don made The Punk Rock Movie on Super-8 and produced over 300 music videos for artists such as Bob Marley, Elvis Costello and The Clash, along with films of artists such as The Jam and Gil Scott-Heron. In 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary Westway To The World, which told the story of The Clash, and he now hosts a show on BBC Radio 6, as well as reforming Big Audio Dynamite for a recent world tour.

Bug: The Evolution of Music Video is curated by comedian Adam Buxton of Adam and Joe Channel 4 and BBC6 Music fame, featuring a strand of interesting music videos mixed with comedy that sold out five nights at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival.

Festival opener Shame is Turner Prize winning artist turned film maker Steve McQueen’s slice of contemporary New York life, with hot pair Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, and a NYC soundtrack from the likes of Chic, Blondie and John Coltrane.

The film selected to close Soundtrack, Coriolanus is directed by, and stars, Ralph Fiennes, and is a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of power and politics, with a dramatic score by Ivor Novello and BAFTA nominated composer Ilan Eshkeri, whose credits include The Young Victoria, and Kick-Ass.

X Banned is a 40th anniversary celebration of A Clockwork Orange, featuring a pre-screening exhibition of items from the Stanley Kubrick Archive, a screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion with guests from The Stanley Kubrick Archive and The British Board of Film Censors.

There is a special preview screening of Lawrence of Belgravia, the latest film by ‘pop maverick’ Paul Kelly who will also present a Q&A session on this story of the frontman of alternative rock band Felt; a big influence on the Manics. Over the years Paul has worked with the likes of Saint Etienne, producing the film to accompany their albumFinisterre, and collaborating with the band as artists-in-residence at the South Bank Centre.

The distinctive sound of Guillemots comes to the Coal Exchange on November when they will be performing an improvised rescoring of a film whose identity is being kept under wraps until the screening. There is live music too from Norwegian black metal legends Dimmu Borgir, who bring their brand of Satanism to Soundtrack with a screening of the story of black metal, Until The Light takes Us.

Soundtrack’s documentaries include The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, the story of Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art in the past 30 years, and the pursuit of his physical ideal, a perfect mirror of his lover, Lady Jaye’s incomparable beauty; and there is a music documentary strand presented by Cardiff’s own Spillers Records, the oldest record shop in the world, including Sound It Out, a funny and intimate portrait of the last surviving vinyl record shop on Teesside, followed by a Q&A with the director Jeanie Finaly.

Soundtrack also features fearless film maker Evan Glodell’s Bellflower; Ryuichi Sakamoto’s beautiful score for the remade classic Hara Kiri: Death of A Samurai.

The full programme and details on how to obtain tickets may be found on www.soundtrackfilmfestival.com
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Bristol Encounters Film Festival 2011
2011 programme announced:

Showcasing the best short film and animation talent from around the world

Bristol Encounters International Film Festival returns to Watershed and the Arnolfini this November (16th to 20th) to showcase the best short film and animation talent from around the world. The UK’s only gateway to the Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, Cartoon d’Or and European Film Awards. The festival will showcase 180 new films from emerging and established talent from 31 countries in competition across strands Animated and Brief Encounters.

Highlights in this year’s competitive programme include: A Gun for George, directed by, and starring Matthew Holness of Garth Marenghi fame; A new work An History of Civilisation by esteemed experimental filmmaker Andrew Kotting (Gallivant, This Filthy Earth); Luminaris by the award winning Argentinian animator Juan Pablo Zaramella; Ella, the South West Digital Short by Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow Dan Gitsham; Long Distance Information, the debut drama from Douglas Hart, previously of The Jesus and Mary Chain starring Peter Mullan (Neds); Apele Tac by upcoming German filmmaker Anca Miruna Lazarescu; Pitch Black Heist, featuring recent Venice Film Festival winning actor Michael Fassbender and cinematographer Robbie Ryan; Bertie Crisp by recent NFTS animation Graduate Francesca Adams starring Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Tamsin Greig (Tamara Drewe); Tony Grisoni, screenwriter of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, presents his new short film The Pizza Miracle.

For the past 12 years Mark Cosgrove, Head of Programme at Watershed has had the challenging responsibility of selecting the Brief Encounters competition programme from the 1,800 submissions received every year. From 2012 Mark will be passing the programming baton on to work as the Artistic Director of the Festival. This opens up an exciting new opportunity for a Short Film Programmer which will be advertised by the festival shortly. Alongside the board and Managing Director, Liz Harkman, Mark will focus on the overarching creative vision for Encounters as it moves into a future of exciting technological and creative opportunities. More news on these developments to be unveiled in 2012.

Mark Cosgrove says “Programming Encounters has been a great source of inspiration and perspiration: Inspiration because it never ceases to amaze me that each year such brilliant new filmmaking talent appear, perspiration because I never want to say no to a film. From next year I will be relinquishing the perspiration but will be soaking up the inspiration as I work to develop the scope of the festival in my new capacity as Artistic Director.”

To accompany the competitive programme and to celebrate all things brief and animated the Festival is hosting a series of gala events, industry symposiums, workshops, special guests, free activities, live music and much more;

Big Ideas, Big Screen with Francine Stock, presenter of Radio Four’s The Film Programme, presented in association with the Festival of Ideas;

Directors UK present a special focus on Bruce Robinson, the man behind the definitive vision of British hedonism Withnail and I, will discuss his 40 year career and his new film The Rum Diary;

Studio AKA, the animation company behind the acclaimed Lloyd’s TSB campaigns, present a studio profile of their recent work;

Laurent Million, from the International Animation Film Festival of Annecy, presents his personal playlist of animated love songs;

The National Film and Television School will be delving into the mind of a cinematographer with Brian Tufano (Trainspotting, Adulthood) and Stuart Harris;

Festival favourites Desert Island Flicks return with a champion of animation to discuss their favourite and most influential films; BAFTA Masterclass present an intimate insight into the life and workings of a celebrated figure from the British screen.

The headline events continue with film and music fusions from the Bird Man of Alkijazz Tony Orrell and Scissor Sister’s Musical Director and Keyboard player John (JJ) Garden, who will perform an exclusive live accompaniment to a selection of silent and experimental films and animations. The Cube Cinema with be offering a slice of Bristol’s eccentric and electrifying arts scene and hosting a series of dynamic events including The Magical Misery Tour, a live VJ set inspired by cult horror classics from People Like Us.

Taking short film out of the cinema and onto the streets, the festival presents a series of unusual short film experiences free to the public, including the fabulous Vintage Movie Bus screening archive shorts, and a boutique pop up cinema on Bristol’s trendiest high-street, screening daily shorts by talent from across the city.

The full festival programme, Delegate registration and online tickets sales will be available from 4 October. For more information visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk. Join the discussion and find us on Facebook and Twitter @EncountersSFF #ENC2011
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Films: Shame

Wednesday, November 09, 9:15 PM
King Center

United Kingdom, 2011, 99 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Mystery, Psychological
Programs: Contemporary World Cinema, Special Presentations
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen
Producer: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Editor: Joe Walker
Screenwriter: Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Principal Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Hannah Ware, Amy Hargreaves

For the handsome matinee idol Michael Fassbender, portraying a helpless New York sex addict who's being destroyed by his own desire was not easy. The full-frontal nudity and the explicit acts certainly weren't. “You just have to jump into it,” the X-Men: First Class star says. “Make sure that everybody involved is comfortable.”

For all its candor, Shame is no exercise in mere pornography. In Hunger, the first collaboration between Fassbender and artist-turned-film-director Steve McQueen, the actor found his psyche stripped naked as he played the dying Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands. That happens again here in his disturbing portrait of Brandon, a Manhattan business executive whose compulsive seductions in bland hotel rooms, joyless frolics with hookers, and plunges into Internet porn are not just creepy but indicative of a human soul descending into ever-deeper desperation. The only woman Brandon is close to? His needy sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan), who arrives in town to stay with some serious baggage of her own.

Not since Taxi Driver have the streets and subways of New York taken on such an ominous tone, and Fassbender's spellbinding performance here is every bit the equal of DeNiro's in that classic. In England, The Guardian gave Shame its due: “This is fluid, rigorous, serious cinema: the best kind of adult movie.”
—BILL GALLO
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“Wuthering Heights” to Open Leeds International Film Festival
iw By Devin Lee Fuller (November 2, 2011)
“Wuthering Heights” to Open Leeds International Film Festival
Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights."

Andrea Arnold’s new adaptation of “Wuthering Heights” will open this year’s 25th Leeds International Film Festival on November 3. Arnold will be joined by actors James Howson, Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave at the gala screening Thursday night. Leeds noted that the film has overtaken 2010’s “The King’s Speech” as the fastest selling film in the history of the festival.

More than 300 films from around the world will screen at the festival.

Full festival release follows:

The stars will be out in Leeds this week as the cast and director of the latest adaptation of Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” will be special guests at the gala screening which opens the 25th Leeds International Film Festival.

The much-anticipated new version of the classic novel set in Yorkshire and filmed on the North Yorkshire Moors has overtaken “The King’s Speech,” the Film Festival’s Opening Gala in 2010, as the fastest-selling film in the history of the festival which this year runs from 3-20 November.

And BAFTA award-winning director Andrea Arnold will be joined by Leeds actor James Howson who plays Heathcliff, Shannon Beer (young Cathy) and Solomon Glave (young Heathcliff) in attending the opening gala screening at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday night.

The gala screening signals the start of the UK’s biggest film festival held outside London, which features over 300 films from around the world shown over 18 days. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, a giant 38 metre wide banner featuring duel images from “Wuthering Heights” and Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” the Film Festival’s Official Selection Closing Gala film, is now on display covering the front of Leeds Town Hall and will remain in place throughout the festival.

The festival has also secured a late addition to its programme, with an exclusive screening of Oscar-tipped comedy “The Artist” set in 1920s Hollywood starring Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman as the finale to the event at Hyde Park Picture House on Sunday 20 November.

The festival will also feature an appearance by comedian, writer and television star Paul Merton presenting a night devoted to silent film comedy genius at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 9 November, alongside many special guest appearances throughout its 18 day run:

“The Other Side of Sleep” – Rebecca Daly, Director: Friday 4th November, 8.45pm, Vue 1 and Sunday 6th November, 6.30pm, Vue 1

“The Beat is the Law” – Fanfare for the Common People with Eve Wood & Pulp’s Candida Doyle – Eve Wood, Director and Candida Doyle, Pulp: Friday 4th November, 9pm, Leeds Town Hall 1

“Fuerteventura” – Mattias Sandström, Director and Ivica Zubak, Producer: Saturday 5th November, 2pm, Vue 1 and Sunday 6th November, 4.30pm, Vue 1

“Little Deaths” – Sean Hogan, Co-director and Andrew Parkinson, Co-director: Part of Night of the Dead, Saturday 5th November, midnight, Hyde Park Picture House

“Nana” – Valérie Masadian, Director: Sunday 6th November, 6.30pm, Hyde Park Picture House

“The Crisis of Civilization” - Dean Puckett, Director and Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, Subject: Sunday 6th November, 8.45pm, Town Hall 2

“Sound it Out” – Jeanie Finlay, Director: Monday 7th November, 9.15pm, Hyde Park Picture House

“Inbred” – Alex Chandon, Director and various members of the cast and crew, Tuesday 8th November, 9pm, Hyde Park Picture House

“Masks” – Andreas Marschall, Director: Part of Day of the Dead, Saturday 12th November, from 1pm, City Varieties

“Marianne” – Filip Tegstedt, Director: Part of Day of the Dead, Saturday 12th November, from 1pm, City Varieties

“Juan of the Dead” – Alejandro Brugues, Director, and Gervasio Iglesias, Producer: Part of Day of the Dead, Saturday 12th November, 8.30pm, City Varieties

“Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps” – Michael Seiner, Director: Sunday 13th November, 1pm, Vue 1 and Monday 14th November, 4pm, Vue1

“Kill Me Please” – Stéphane Malandrin, Producer/Screenwriter: Sunday 13th November, 3.45pm, Hyde Park Picture House

The full programme of the 25th Leeds International Film Festival including the complete Official Selection programme, genre cinema strand Fanomenon, documentary strand Cinema Versa, experimental cinema section Cherry Kino, and short film competition programme Short Film City, is now available in full at leedsfilm.com.
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The Awards Line: The Race for Best Actor
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Last week, 18 animated features officially entered themselves into the Oscar race. How many of them will make the final cut BEFORE the final cut (aka the nominee list) is still left to be decided. It is the same with any awards category. Some films weed themselves out by being bad and then the prognosticators who play the game whittle down the rest until it's time to get serious. And we are almost there. A few days before Thanksgiving, The Awards Line will take a look at the Screenplay categories. A few days after on Nov. 28, the New York Film Critics will be jumping the gun on everyone to get their two cents in first while Los Angeles and Chicago will take a few extra weeks to soak in and ponder the year in film.. By the end of this month the race will be in full gear, more cutthroat and shifting almost day-to-day. It will be interesting to see how it effects a category like Best Actor, which some some say is all but decided already.

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We can usually find a trio of frontrunners for nominations, if not always the favorite to win. In no particular order it is very likely we will be seeing Danny Ocean and Rusty Ryan (aka George Clooney & Brad Pitt) battling it out over their 4th & 3rd nominations, respectively, for The Descendants and Moneyball. With all that star power though, all eyes may be turning to Jean Dujardin, the OSS 117 star who wonderfully portrays the falling silent film star in Oscar favorite, The Artist. There is already speculation that he could be this year's Benigni, in terms of a foreign production grabbing the spotlight. Not with all the annoying exuberance and chair-stepping, hopefully.

If there was an alternate universe Oscars - and many of us wish there were sometimes - just look at the G-Men that could be competing. Paul Giamatti as the lawyer/wrestling coach trying to keep his family afloat in Win Win. Mel Gibson suffering a mental breakdown and talking through a puppet in The Beaver. Joseph-Gordon Levitt as the affable cancer patient in 50/50. Ryan Gosling as the shy, but tough low-talking getaway expert in Drive. Or Ryan Gosling as the suave, but sensitive ladies' man in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Sorry, Ides of March, but those two performances were better. It practically sounds like the final list right there. Hell, Gibson even throws in an accent. Though we should still give Gosling a fighting chance, other favorites from earlier in the year like Demián Bichir (A Better Life) as "the bicycle thief" masquerading as a modern day illegal landscaper and Tom Hardy (Warrior) as the tough-skinned MMA fighter with estranged family issues, are likely long out of the race unless the critics make a point to resurrect their place in the conversation.

So who are we left with? We are still waiting to see how much we should pay attention to Daniel Craig (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo). Gary Oldman, an actor who has unfathomably never been nominated for an Oscar (even the Emmys gave him a shot with a guest spot on Friends, for God's sake), may finally be given his shot for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Whether one responds to the film's dry, Cold War-esque, le Carré-ish tone, Oldman's performance only gets better as the film goes along and fits cozily as of now into the fourth slot. Then there are the festival Michaels, Shannon and Fassbender, Shannon is earning raves for Take Shelter, currently in theaters. But Fassbender, who has already had a pretty solid year with Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class, may be peaking at just the right time with Shame, which has already been soaking up accolades in fest after fest since September. It may be time for him to bust his Oscar cherry as well. Especially since the Leonardo DiCaprio / J. Edgar train may be derailing as we speak. Personally I had him out there as a frontrunner based on just a minute of speech footage from CinemaCon earlier this year, and his performance is certainly one of the few positives about the film (along with the makeup, which could be the one and only lock for it.) But the film as a whole is so unfocused, so poorly conceived and put together, so very just - BAD! - that DiCaprio's chances are going to sink with each pair of eyes that discover it.

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The Supporting Actor race, on the other hand, is not nearly as clear cut. For one, there is still way too much to be seen. Can anyone emerge from War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Iron Lady? Just how prominent will Tom Hanks be in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close? There are faves right now but very few anyone wants to throw the lock tag on, although Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn and Christopher Plummer as the dead, gay dad in Beginners are brought up a lot. Also earning praise in the father department are Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life) and Nick Nolte (Warrior). Nolte was perceived as the frontrunner in the weeks leading up to the film's release before nobody showed up to see it in one of the year's most unfortunate box office stories. And if Pitt is favored for Moneyball, will he be able to pull off the double nomination?

Scene-stealers were in abundant supply this year with Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses), David Tennant (Fright Night) and John C. Reilly (Cedar Rapids AND Terri). But it is Corey Stoll's turn as Ernest Hemingway in Midnight In Paris that has us wondering whether or not this relative unknown can ride Woody Allen's history with his supporting players getting nominated. (The last was in 2007 when Penelope Cruz was the first to be nominated for an Allen film since 1999's Sweet and Lowdown.) Or will it be Albert Brooks making his first return as a nominee since 1987's Broadcast News for his against-type villain in Drive? That's all without forgetting solid support from Bobby Cannavale (Win Win), Seth Rogen (50/50), Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and a performance that hopefully will not be overshadowed by the power of its leading actress. Patton Oswalt is stellar in Jason Reitman's Young Adult and if, nothing else, the campaign on Twitter leading up to nomination morning should be a lot of fun. He's funny, goes toe-to-toe with one of the year's best performances from Charlize Theron, and he's got a limp in the film. What more do you want?

And we are still not done. John Hawkes might be getting more attention for Martha Marcy May Marlene if he didn't have a somewhat similar turn in the richer Winter's Bone. Who do you like more in Contagion? Laurence Fishburne's calm voice of reason or Jude Law's terrific rabble-rousing "graffiti with punctuation" blogger? What about The Ides of March? Does Paul Giamatti's work in Win Win and Philip Seymour Hoffman's in Moneyball give it an extra push? Probably not with all this competition. Finally, there was everyone's flavor of the month in August - Andy Serkis and his invaluable contributions in bringing Caesar to life in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We have been down this road before. Support could not get Robin Williams nominated for Aladdin nor for Serkis and everything he brought to Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, not to mention as Peter Jackson's King Kong. The technology is even better today, but is anyone ready to embrace it as a performance medium? Articles will be written, fanboys will cry out and there may even be a nomination or two along the way. But even if we dismiss the entire supporting cast of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (a list that includes Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Mark Strong, among others) what kind of percentage can we really count on for Serkis? Read below to find out.




BEST ACTOR NOMINEE CHANCES

1. George Clooney (The Descendants) - 75%
2. Jean Dujardin (The Artist) - 75%
3. Brad Pitt (Moneyball) - 70%
4. Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) - 60%
5. Michael Fassbender (Shame) - 55%
6. Ryan Gosling (Drive) - 45%
7. Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) - 40%
8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50) - 25%
9. Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) - 20%
10. Demián Bichir (A Better Life) - 10%

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR NOMINEE CHANCES

1. Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn) - 70%
2. Christopher Plummer (Beginners) - 70%
3. Nick Nolte (Warrior) - 60%
4. Albert Brooks (Drive) - 55%
5. Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life) - 40%
6. Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March) - 35%
7. Patton Oswalt (Young Adult) - 30%
8. Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris) - 25%
9. Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) - 20%
10. Tom Hanks (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) - 15%
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HAMMOND: AFI Closes The Long Fall Fest Oscar Circuit; Who’s On Top, Who Flopped?
By PETE HAMMOND | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 12:57pm PST
Pete Hammond

With last night’s conclusion of the annual AFI Fest in Hollywood, the curtain finally fell on the 2011 fall film festival season. So the question remains, has an Oscar frontrunner emerged after two months on this circuit? AFI previously was held in the spring but smartly repositioned itself to November several years ago. The significant side benefit of that is the fest has a shot at having an impact on awards season — not to mention AFI gets the pick of the litter in terms of prolific contenders. That strategy has worked again this year: the world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar was the opening-night film and the closing-night selection was Steven Spielberg’s CGI animation contender The Adventures of Tintin, which made its North American premiere last night at AFI. Neither of these directors is necessarily known for putting his films widely on the fest circuit, but you can’t deny that hitting the fests can be a good strategy.

The last four Best Picture winners — No Country For Old Men, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech — were all major festival players, finding their footing on the circuit then sailing smoothly into Oscar’s heart. This year, likely best pic possibilities that began at one fest or another include The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Ides Of March, Midnight In Paris and now J. Edgar. But there is an even larger number than usual of those skipping the circuit and trying other strategies to get the Academy’s attention. That list includes The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Young Adult, The Help, The Iron Lady and In The Land Of Blood And Honey.

Stuck somewhere in the middle is Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which tried to catch the wave at the New York Film Festival by showcasing a “work in progress.” The results of the gambit ultimately were mixed opinions toward the film — at least in that form. Then, when the film was completed, Paramount skipped the opportunity to show it at AFI and decided to go in another direction (at the same time the fest was going on across town) by unveiling it almost simultaneously to L.A.-based critics, bloggers and members of the Academy. Reaction was upbeat and the film, which opens November 23, is now being talked about as a Best Picture contender, something that didn’t happen after its New York screening.

For AFI, the rest of the lineup was mostly déjà vu from what bleary-eyed festivalgoers have been seeing over the course of the last two months. Much of it was imported from May’s Cannes Film Festival, which produced its own sizable number of contenders, most notably Midnight In Paris, The Tree Of Life, The Skin I Live In and countless other foreign-language titles. Whether any of AFI’s non-premiere titles actually have an impact on awards season remains a question, but it did give them a high-profile opportunity in the town where most voters live. The festival, though, tries to rival Toronto and Cannes in some ways for the biggest and most consistent number of red-carpet galas. Those galas consist of movies that seemingly haven’t met a film festival they didn’t like including the Weinstein Company’s The Artist (which hit fests big and small since Cannes, winning several audience awards along the way); Oscilloscope’s We Need To Talk About Kevin; Lars von Trier’s Melancholia; and the current king of the circuit, Steve McQueen’s controversial Shame, starring Michael Fassbender.

If any film has benefited from a dedicated fest strategy this season, it may be that latter one. Starting in Venice in early September, Shame took those critics by storm and won a Best Actor prize for Fassbender, causing a sensation that made it a must-see by the time it hit Telluride and Toronto a few days later. That’s where Fox Searchlight took serious notice and picked up the film despite the certainty of an NC-17 rating. Or maybe because of it: Controversy rarely hurts and Shame, due to its graphic nudity and sexual nature, has brilliantly ridden the wave. It is anybody’s guess though how this will play outside the cocoon of the festival trail when it opens in early December.

That can be said about a lot of this year’s films hoping to translate festival success into box office and Oscar gold. There is no question that Michel Hazanavicius’ charmer The Artist has been a smash at every fest it has played, but outside of this rarefied world will Harvey Weinstein be able to convince regular moviegoers who aren’t caught up in the intoxicating festival atmosphere to go see it at the multiplex? It’s a black-and-white silent movie. Festgoers are used to the types of films that inspired it; regular Joes, not so much. Certainly everyone realizes the value of fests for launching movies, but what plays on the Croisette, the canals of Venice, the dusty streets of Telluride or the cosmopolitan cities of Toronto, New York and Los Angeles isn’t always going to ride to glory in the end.

Perhaps that is why Paramount — which was stung sending Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air on the circuit two years ago only to see its September glow dim by the time it was finally released in December, although it did receive major Academy Award nominations including Best Picture — has been trying to find new ways to show off its contenders. Reitman’s Young Adult with Charlize Theron might have seemed primed for fests. After all, Reitman’s movies — notably Juno and Thank You For Smoking — had wildly successful fest berths before going on to even bigger commercial success. But Paramount purposely kept The Fighter and even the Coen brothers’ True Grit off that path last year, and both thrived at Oscar time with Best Picture and numerous other noms, and in the case of The Fighter two supporting acting Academy Awards.

When shock rang out in blogdom about the non-fest strategy for Young Adult, a consultant told me they were going to be doing other “fun” things, even if the no-fest approach was “something different for Jason.” For the past month, Paramount has been doing “pop up” screenings, secret showings around the country that generate immediate twitter buzz. It seems to be the new thing this awards season. When it made a stop at the New Beverly Cinema in L.A. at the beginning of November, influential awards bloggers were invited, liked what they saw and started shouting ‘Oscar,’ something Paramount has not been doing in any overt way to date.

Disney and DreamWorks have been doing the same thing for Spielberg’s War Horse, creating their own secret fest circuit in tiny towns mostly in the Midwest or places like Bellevue, Washington. It’s certainly one way of staying in the conversation without having to do the sometimes-grueling festival route. In the case of both films, it had the desired effect of getting attendees to pass the good word, much like they do in the streets of a film fest right after a screening of some hot title.

The big downside of doing fests of course is if you pick the wrong venue. Venice, as it turns out, may not have been the best place for Madonna’s W.E., which has been trying to recover ever since, has been tweaked in editing and is ready to emerge again for its Oscar qualifying run in December and regular runs Feb 4. Similarly, Carnage, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Tony winning play, God of Carnage, might have been better off skipping the Italian city and heading straight to New York where it more successfully played as the opener of the NYFF. The thing is, Sony Pictures Classics, which is releasing it, has had heavy rotation as usual in all the festivals and is a big believer in using them to promote its brand of movies. It was difficult to find a Fall Festival without the presence of SPC’s lineup of A Dangerous Method, Footnote, Where Do We Go Now?, In Darkness, The Skin I Live In, A Separation and Carnage (although the latter did skip Telluride and Toronto).

The one undeniable thing about festivals is their free publicity value. It’s a way to gather so many media in one place and get a tsunami of talk going. It also helps when you have a star as ready, willing and eager as say, George Clooney, who hit Venice with The Ides of March on the fest’s opening night and has been everywhere with that film. He’s also toured around with The Descendants in which he stars; a title that is perhaps the strongest contender to come out of this year’s fest circuit. You can’t buy that kind of coverage.

But will Oscar voters be swayed or is there a better way awards strategists will continue to explore?
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Bath film festival Nov 11-17

Shame
Shame 1
Steve McQueen
UK | 2011 | 99m | 18
Little Theatre Cinema
Friday 18 November, 9pm
£15/£13 (balcony), £10/£8
With: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
or buy:
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via picturehouses.co.uk
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Three years ago BFF showed Steve McQueen's debut Hunger. We're equally thrilled to preview his follow-up, also starring the wondrous Michael Fassbender in a very different story. Fassbender plays Brandon, a man for whom sex is a compulsion, which keeps him isolated from any form of intimacy. He has a successful career and an expensive apartment, living a solitary life fuelled (and undermined) by his obsession. His sister, Sissy is a mess of another kind. She arrives uninvited and stays. Unwelcome, she won't leave. The film is a haunting and compelling account of the effects of a dysfunctional family (the causes of which are never discussed) on the next generation. Like Hunger, Shame finds beauty and grace in improbable situations and people. Fassbender, frighteningly good as a man incapable of relating to others, won the award for Best Actor at Venice 2011, while Mulligan proves that she is a serious actress, and not just a flash in the pan.

Preview screening courtesy of Momentum Pictures

There is another chance to see Shame on Saturday 19 November at 4pm


Shame *second screening*
Shame 4
Shame 3
Steve McQueen
UK | 2011 | 99m | 18
Little Theatre Cinema
Saturday 19 November, 4pm
£10/£8
With: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
or buy:
via bathboxoffice.org.uk
via picturehouses.co.uk
(booking fees may vary)
Three years ago BFF showed Steve McQueen's debut Hunger. We're equally thrilled to preview his follow-up, also starring the wondrous Michael Fassbender in a very different story. Fassbender plays Brandon, a man for whom sex is a compulsion, which keeps him isolated from any form of intimacy. He has a successful career and an expensive apartment, living a solitary life fuelled (and undermined) by his obsession. His sister, Sissy is a mess of another kind. She arrives uninvited and stays. Unwelcome, she won't leave. The film is a haunting and compelling account of the effects of a dysfunctional family (the causes of which are never discussed) on the next generation. Like Hunger, Shame finds beauty and grace in improbable situations and people. Fassbender, frighteningly good as a man incapable of relating to others, won the award for Best Actor at Venice 2011, while Mulligan proves that she is a serious actress, and not just a flash in the pan.

Preview screening courtesy of Momentum Pictures
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Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” picked to open the Plus Camerimage – AWARDS ALLEY
By: Sean O'Connell


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Organizers of the 19th Plus Camerimage film festival – held each year in Bydgoszcz, Poland – have selected Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” as their opening night film. The adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning stage play, will kick off the fest on Nov. 26.

Polanski’s uncomfortably comedic drama stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as parents trying to smooth things out following a physical altercation between their adolescent sons. The Camerimage fest places its focus on cinematography, so expect Polanski’s cinematographer – the great Pawel Edelman (“The Pianist,” “Ray”) – to be recognized for his accomplishment in containing the “Carnage” action to one cramped, sun-drenched New York apartment.

In addition to “Carnage,” this year’s fest will screen Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” Steve McQueen “Shame,” Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus,” and the period rom-com “Hysteria” … all recognized for their striking visuals.

From the international circuit, Plus Camerimage plans to screen Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” Agnieszka Holland’s Holocaust drama “In Darkness,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” and Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.”
starring Kirsten Dunst.

The 2011 Plus Camerimage runs through Dec. 3. For a full schedule, visit the official Web site.

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http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/nl/educatie/studenten/cjp-serveert/

Geniet van drie van de beste films van het festival die CJP samen met het IFFR serveert, exclusief voor CJP-pashouders. Relaxed genieten in de bios, zonder te piekeren waar je nu weer naartoe moet. En als bonus kun je ondertussen genieten van gratis bier en bitterballen. De makers van (een of meerdere) films zijn aanwezig, zodat je ze gelijk vragen kunt stellen over hun werk. Een top dag dus, voor nog geen twee tientjes!

Datum za 28 januari
Tijd 11.00 - 18.00 uur
Waar Pathé 4, Schouwburgplein
Prijs €18,50 p.p.
Alleen voor CJP-pashouders. Maximaal twee kaarten per
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De eerste titel voor CJP Serveert is bekend en dat is de spraakmakende film Shame van regisseur en kunstenaar Steve McQueen. Dertiger Brandon (Michael Fassbender) leidt in New York City een routinematig dubbelleven. Overdag is hij succesvol in zijn werk, na kantoortijd gaat hij op vrouwenjacht en bevredigt zijn seksverslaving. Hij heeft zijn leven helemaal onder controle, tot zijn eigenzinnige zusje Cissy (Carey Mulligan) komt logeren. Brandons zorgvuldig afgeschermde privéleven raakt ontregeld. Hij wordt geconfronteerd met zijn eenzaamheid, zijn verleden en zijn schaamte. Steve McQueen maakte eerder al het verpletterende Hunger, ook met Fassbender in de hoofdrol.

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