Harvey Weinstein Now Battling Director Olivier Dahan Over Cut Of 'Grace Of Monaco' | The Playlist
WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED SUCH A THING?!?!?!Once touted as a potential Oscar season contender, it came as a bit of surprise when, earlier this month, the Nicole Kidman starring biopic "Grace Of Monaco" was pushed to a spring 2014 release date. Harvey Weinstein said at the time that the movie “just wasn’t finished, the sound, anything” but it would seem that was just a bit of window dressing over the real problem: he's battling with director Olivier Dahan over the cut of the movie.
AlloCine reveals that in an interview with French newspaper Liberation, Dahan has sounded off over Weinstein's meddling, complaining that he wants a "sanitized" and "Hollywood" friendly version of his film. What's causing even further consternation for the filmmaker is that Weinstein isn't even financially invested in the project beyond his deal to distribute the movie in the United States (though it should be noted, that's also the case with "Snowpiercer"). Finally, Dahan is also peeved about the teaser trailer that dropped in September, one that he says had none of his input.
New Release Dates for THE MONUMENTS MEN, ROBOCOP, and AMERICAN HUSTLE | Collider
hurm. I know it was originally set for a Holiday release, and got delayed, but I would have that they would just have moved it further out. February is considered a dumping ground normally, which doesn't speak well for Robocop either.
Review: Masterful & Sublime Cannes Palme d'Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ | The Playlist
Man, this movie is getting a lot of attention.This is absolute cinema, absolute characterization, absolute storytelling, controlled and compassionate, and bursting with empathy and life. Its theater-unfriendly length, along with the relative obscurity of the director, its language, explicit sex scenes and unavoidable “lesbian” descriptor mean this is unlikely to get the exposure some of our other festival favorites are guaranteed. But while it’s great to get ahead of the curve on those other movies, this is really the kind of film we come to Cannes in hopes of discovering. In fact, an experience this satisfying, moving, enriching and immersive might well have been worth the plane fare alone. “Blue is the Warmest Color” is a masterpiece of human warmth, empathy and generosity, because in a mere three hours, it gives you a whole new life to have lived. [A]
Movie Review: The Book Thief | Geeks of Doom
Emily Watson plays her stern adoptive mother, while Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush immediately wins Liesel, and the audience, over with his kindness, most vividly expressed in his warm, sympathetic eyes. Throughout, Rush’s character evokes humanity, morality, and compassion, and I truly came to love him.
Young Liesel begins to fit into her new surroundings, and even starts to experience happiness. Of course, this is in the midst of WWII, so we know that her joy will be fleeting. And that’s all I’ll spoil about this excellent film.
In her role as Liesel, Sophie Nilesse deserves special mention. She was completely captivating, delivering an astonishing performance that did not hit a single false note. I would not be surprised to see her receive an Academy Award nomination, as well as ones for Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush.
By nature of its setting, The Book Thief offers a point of view that most of us rarely see, or consider. It suggests that not all Germans were acolytes of Hitler. And reminds us that it takes a willingness to risk death to voice dissent, or even a modest expression of humanity. It made me think of parallels to nations in today’s world, where there are several dictatorships ruling with a brutal fist.
Ultimately, The Book Thief examines the pockets of good that can exist even within the belly of the beast. It’s also about the world of hope that reading can offer, and the power of the printed word — two potent forces that fascistic regimes then and now, fear.
By the end, I noticed that audience members in my vicinity were moved to tears, myself included. It was a touching story, powerfully and expertly told. I look forward to seeing it again, in the near future.