8/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:06 am · August 3rd, 2009

• Steven Miessner, the Academy’s white-gloved “keeper of the Oscars,” dead at 48. [USA Today] • Steve Weintraub talks “The Princess and the Frog” with directors Ron Clements and John Musker (at Comic-Con). [Collider] • The unmade films of Stanley Kubrick, including “Foucault’s Pendulum,” “Napoleon” and “Perfume.” [Empire]

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Got blood?

Posted by · 1:04 pm · July 14th, 2009

When a milkshake arrived on my doorstep two years ago, that was one thing.  But shipping me a pouch of O positive to herald the forthcoming vampire flick “Thirst” from director Park Chan-Wook?  That’s crossing the line. Okay, I’m only kidding.  It’s fruit punch or something, with a straw.  But it’s a pretty nifty swag […]

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Haneke lands Palme d’Or, Gainsbourg takes Best Actress

Posted by · 10:41 am · May 24th, 2009

As it turned out, the most logical on-paper prediction turned out the be the right one. After emerging as the bridesmaid from several festivals past — winning the Grand Prix in 2001, Best Director in 2005 — the venerable Austrian auteur Michael Haneke has finally won the Palme d’Or for his stark moral drama “The […]

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Cannes: sizing up the Competition, part two

Posted by · 5:54 am · May 12th, 2009

Continuing yesterday’s survey of the runners and riders in the race for the Palme d’Or… “ANTICHRIST” (Lars Von Trier) The pitch: You’ve seen the trailer. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe star as bereaved parents who retreat to a remote woodland cottage to nurse their grief, only to be terrorised by unnamed forces of evil. (English […]

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Early rave for Cannes entry ‘Thirst’

Posted by · 3:03 pm · May 11th, 2009

Park Chan-wook’s erotic vampire film “Thirst” opened over a week ago in its native South Korea, but it will soon make its international bow at Cannes, where it’s one of several adventurous-looking films in the competition. Screen International, however, has got a head start and offered this review — and the news is good. Park […]

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Troublemakers united

Posted by · 2:11 pm · May 11th, 2009

Yours truly began a two-part Cannes preview this morning, but there is plenty more such coverage around if you’re beginning to get festival fever. I particularly liked Jonathan Romney’s rundown in the Independent, in which the critic points out an interesting trend in this year’s lineup: namely the convergence of several renowned enfants terribles in […]

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