New and notable in theaters this weekend

Oscar nominee Undefeated (no, not the Sarah Palin doc) Here’s what’s new this weekend. As always, if you don’t see anything you like here, be sure to check out the Now Playing page for a more detailed look at what’s good and/or popular in theaters now. Undefeated This Oscar nominee for Best Documentary is one (read…)

Writer/Director Terry George talks about his latest Oscar nomination for the short film “The Shore”

Previously nominated for his screenplays to Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father (1993) and his own Hotel Rwanda (2004), Terry George is no stranger to Oscar and this year his film The Shore is one of the five Oscar nominees for Live Action Short. It stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, HBO’s Rome, Munich, The Debt) as a man who returns to his best friend and his former love in Northern Ireland after 25 years in America. I recently spoke to Mr. George over the phone about his disarmingly charming new film, the struggles his home country of Northern Ireland has overcome and the climate for making films in Hollywood today.

The Limey (1999)

The Limey (1999) directed by Steven Soderbergh. Screenplay by Lem Dobbs. Terence Stamp as Wilson and Luis Guzman as Eduardo Roel. Wilson: (looking over the edge of the patio) Blimey! Eduardo: Yeah, if you can afford a house like this, you buy a house like this. You know? Wilson: What are we standing on? Eduardo: (read…)

Terence Davies to adapt “Sunset Song”

British arthouse favorite Terence Davies (Distant Voices Still Lives, Of Time and the City) is set to adapt the novel considered among the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century by people who consider such things. Written by Lewis Grassic Gibbon 1n 1932, it’s the first part of the A Scots Quair trilogy (along (read…)

Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts officially on board “August: Osage County”

The two leading ladies were rumored to be “in talks” way back in 2010 and yesterday a press release went out from The Weinstein Company that everything was official. Behold: NEW YORK – February 15, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Academy Award®-winning actresses Julia Roberts (EAT PRAY LOVE) and Meryl Streep (read…)

The Muriel Awards Strike Back!

Oscars Shmoscars. Move around some furniture and make room in your awards brain for The Muriels. I’ve been a proud participant since 2008 and the awards themselves stretch back to 2006. This year’s edition kicked of yesterday with the award for Best Supporting Actor and followed up this morning with Best Supporting Actress.  Check out (read…)

Metropolitan (1990)

Metropolitan (1990) written and directed by Whit Stillman Edward Clements as Tom Townsend and Carolyn Farina as Audrey Rouget Tom: You don’t have to have read a book to have an opinion on it. I haven’t read the Bible either. Audrey: What Jane Austen novels have you read? Tom: None. I don’t read novels. I (read…)

Forest Whitaker to play Desmond Tutu for Roland Joffe

Screen Daily says the project is tentatively titled The Archbishop and The Antichrist which is the name of the Michael Ashton play up0n which the film is based. The story involves a hypothetical meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and an imprisoned mass murderer. After a string of excellent performances including The Crying Game, Good Morning (read…)

Twentieth Century (1934) – John Barrymore’s 130th Birthday

Twentieth Century (1934) directed by Howard Hawks Oscar Karns as Owen O’Malley, Walter Connelly as Oliver Webb and John Barrymore as Oscar Jaffe Jaffe: Owen! Oliver! I have an inspiration! Overwhelming! Owen: O.J., no more shenanigans! Jaffe: You got that contract? Oliver: What? Jaffe: She’ll sign it this time. She loves me. I could tell that (read…)

“Haywire” star Gina Carano boards another action flim “In the Blood”

Gina Carano does what a lot of people would like to do to Channing Tatum in Haywire Barely anyone saw Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, but those who didn’t missed one of the more promising action star debuts in a while. Gina Carano is no Meryl Streep, but she mops the floor with the likes of previous (read…)

Greta Gerwig in Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress”

Love him or hate him, Whit Stillman is back 14 years after competing his comic trilogy about the upper classes (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco). Damsels in Distress debuted to positive notices at Venice and Toronto. It opens on April 6.

Remake of Hitchcock’s Suspicion gets in line behind Rebecca

As it is with the previously announced with the remake of Rebecca, the party line on this one will be that they’re not really remaking Hitchcock’s film, but going back to the orginal source novel Before the Fact by Anthony Berkeley. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that there’s room for a new version (read…)

Moonstruck (1987) – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Moonstruck (1987) directed by Norman Jewison Cher as Loretta Castorini and Nicolas Cage as Ronny Cammareri Loretta: I’m gonna marry him. Do you hear me? Last night never happened and I’m gonna marry him and you and I are going to take this to our coffins. Ronny: I can’t do that. Loretta: Why not? Ronny: (read…)

The Irish Film and Television Award Winners: The Guard

The only way to beat The Artist at something apparently is to not nominate it in the first place. Film: The Guard – John Michael McDonagh Director: John Michael McDonagh – The Guard Script: John Michael McDonagh – The Guard Actor: Michael Fassbender – Shame Actress: Saoirse Ronan – Hanna Supporting Actor: Chris O’Dowd – (read…)

American Society of Cinematographers: The Tree of Life

Much as I loved The Tree of Life and as beautiful as it was, I was kind of rooting for Robert Richardson for Hugo since the guy has been nominated 9 times and never won. Well, now that number is 10. It was also impressive how he and Scorsese used 3D. I’m not complaining though (read…)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984) written and directed by Jim Jarmusch Eszter Balint as Eva and John Lurie as Willie Eva: Why is it called TV dinner? Willie: Um, you’re supposed to eat it while you watch TV… Television. Eva: I know what a TV is. Where does that meat come from? Willie: What do you (read…)

Tired of Waiting for You

The Oscars are supposedly going to start online balloting next year. Whether they’ll actually be able to get the ancient Ernest Borgnines of the Academy to get online to figure out how to vote remains to be see, but they should do it anyway. Screw the old people. For one thing, it would mean fewer (read…)

Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelson join Shia LaBeouf in “Charlie Countryman”

The full title of what is described as a “gritty pulp romancer” is The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. In it, Shia LaBeouf will play a man who falls in love with the daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of a man who dies next to him on a plane. Mads Mikkelsen will play Wood’s abusive ex-husband. (read…)

Fatih Akin recruits “A Prophet” star Tahar Rahim for “The Cut”

The Cut will be the third film in art house favorite Fatih Akin’s Love, Death and the Devil trilogy following Head-On (Love) and Edge of Heaven (Death). Tajar Rahim was most recently seen along with Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Antonio Banderas in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s tale of Middle Eastern oil Black Gold, though (read…)

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Foster, more join Daniel Radcliffe in “Kill Your Darlings”

Besides Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) have signed on to the already sizable cast of Kill Your Darlings, the story of Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) who was friends with the likes of Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) (read…)

Paquin, Hiddleston, Wood sign on to “Black Wings Has My Angel”

The adaptation of Elliot Chaze’s 3rd novel (written in 1953) has attracted Anna Paquin and Tom Hiddleston while Elijah Wood has already been on board for some time as a producer and an actor. The hard boiled story follows an escaped con and a call-girl as they plan to knock off an armored car. True (read…)

BAFTAs: The ArtizzzZZzzzzzZzzzzzt

The British Academy of Film and Television has spoken… or at least they put up a title card that reads: “We love The Artist too!” Film: The Artist Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Original Screenplay: The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan British Film: Tinker Tailor Solder (read…)

Bedazzled (1967)

Bedazzled (1967) directed by Stanley Donen Dudley Moore as Stanley Moon and Peter Cook as George Spiggot/The Devil Moon: That’s not your name, is it? George Spiggot? The Devil: Come on in. It’s one of my many earthly pseudoplumes or nom de nyms. Moon: I thought you were called Lucifer. The Devil: I know. “The (read…)

Drip-Along Daffy (1951)

Drip-Along Daffy (1951) directed by Chuck Jones Daffy Duck voiced by Mel Blanc Daffy Duck (bursting through the swinging saloon doors, whipping out his pistols and ripping off his chaps in the process): Let justice be done! Tear up that mortgage! Unhand that rancher’s daughter! Cease that… that… that… uh… seems awfully breezy in here. (read…)

Will Ferrell attached to adaptation of “Flamingo Thief”

Adapted from the comic novel by Susan Trott, Will Ferrell will play a lawyer who develops an obsession for stealing flamingo figurines after he’s dumped by his wife. The script by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree) turned up on the 2011 Black List. via: Variety

Saoirse Ronan in negotations for action pic “Order of the Seven”

Hanna was one of last year’s most egregiously overlooked action pictures, but you can’t keep a good actress down for long. As previously reported, she’s lined up for Kevin Macdonald’s World War II drama How I Live Now and now she’s in talks to star in Order of the Seven. Apparently originally conceived of as (read…)

Modern Family’s Ty Burrell signs up for adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch” while internet adorably continues to refer to it as “Jackie Brown Prequel” so you’ll click on the headline

An adaptation of a novel which introduced characters who would appear in a later novel that was subsequently adapted by Quentin Tarantino as Jackie Brown does not a prequel to Jackie Brown make no matter how much the internet wants it to be so. As previously reported, this is a straight up adaptation of Elmore (read…)

Hailee Steinfeld in negotations to join Ruffalo and Johansson in “Can a Song Save Your Life?”

John Carney (Once) is writing and directing the “music-themed feel-good romance” that will star Scarlett Johansson as a woman who moves to New York to fulfill her singing dreams when she is promptly dumped by her boyfriend. Mark Ruffalo plays a less-than-successful music producer whom she meets in a bar and the two team up (read…)

Downton hottie Jessica Brown-Findlay to star in Smiths-inspired true story “Shoplifters of the World”

Jessica Brown-Findlay who plays youngest sister Sybil in the hit UK show Downton Abbey has signed on to Shoplifters of the World, based on the true story of an American fan of The Smiths who, devastated by the band’s breakup, storms a heavy metal radio station, takes the DJ hostage and forces him to play (read…)

Cassel, Seydoux attached to new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast

Writer/director Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf) has reportedly gone back to the earliest published variant of the fairy tale wherein the beast is actually quite savage.  According to Gans, he’s aiming for a film fit both for children and adults. “It talks, among other things, about the power of dreams and love (read…)

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