Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
The American TV industry has borrowed liberally from other countries, adapting Ugly Betty from Colombia, The Killing from Denmark, Homeland from Israel, and The Office from the U.K., to name just a few examples. In turn, other nations have taken American shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and How I Met Your Mother and made them their own. Now one of our best homegrown series, Breaking Bad, is also heading to a foreign land.
Sony TV has given the go-ahead to Univision’s Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad, titled Metastasis. Diego Trujillo will lead the cast as a meek chemistry teacher turned ruthless meth cook named — what else — Walter Blanco. More info after the jump.
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The idea of a live-action remake of one of the movies by animation master Hayao Miyazaki might not be very appealing no matter who wants to make it, even if the project is based on one of the director’s projects that is best positioned for live-action.
But what about the idea of Miyazaki himself contributing to a live-action companion to one of his films?
Both of these ideas are now realities, with Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) confirmed to direct a live-action version of the coming-of-age story Kiki’s Delivery Service, in which a young witch develops her skills and sense of self-worth after moving to a new town. Miyazaki, meanwhile, contributed a kaiju design for a live-action short that essentially acts as prequel to his early film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Read More »
We’ve seen a lot of footage for Wong Kar-Wai‘s new film, The Grandmaster, but this is the first trailer specifically aimed at a US release. Accordingly, this one features subtitles. It also sports a completely ridiculous voice-over track that explains a rudimentary martial arts morality that may or may not represent what is really in the film. (I’d expect “not,” as there’s nothing in that voiceover script that even suggests what we expect from Wong Kar-Wai.)
Still, the rainy footage that makes up most of this teaser is so pretty that it is worth another look, even if you’ve seen it a couple times before. Read More »
The last film from Asghar Farhadi, A Separation, was a powerful drama that swept awards around the world and was one of the most impressive films of 2011. His new film, The Past, is premiering In Competition at Cannes next month, and now we’ve for the first English-subbed trailer. Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Ali Mosaffa (The Last Step) feature in the story that follows a different bit of domestic strife, as an Iranian man (Mossaffa) deals with the fallout of divorcing his French wife (Bejo) in order to return to Iran.
Like A Separation, this looks like serious stuff, but well-acted and written and directed with an eye for the sort of details that make the story powerful without feeling artificial. Check out the footage below. Read More »
Thomas Vinterberg is a name that more people should know, if only for his film Festen (The Celebration). That ’98 effort was the first film in the Dogme95 movement, and was at the leading edge of shooting serious theatrical efforts on video. Shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, who later became Danny Boyle’s regular cinematographer, the film is also arguably the birth of Boyle’s current style.
Vinterberg hasn’t exactly been quiet in the past decade (films such as Dear Wendy and Submarino have made waves on the festival circuit) and now he returns with The Hunt. The film played Cannes last year, where star Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Hannibal) won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a divorced father who becomes the target of accusations of abuse and molestation.
The US is among the last global markets to get the film in a theatrical release, but we will get to see the film later this summer. Check out a great trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Hayao Miyazaki‘s status as a master of animation is undisputed, but would his stories work so well with flesh-and-blood actors? If a new rumor making the rounds is to be believed, Takashi Shimizu may be trying to find out. According to this report, the The Grudge director has signed on to direct a big-budget live-action remake of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Miyazaki’s anime fantasy classic from 1989. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Drafthouse Films’ commitment to unique, challenging cinema continues this year with Pieta, from controversial South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk. Lee Jung-jin stars as a merciless loan shark whose world is upended by the unexpected appearance of a woman (Cho Min-soo) who claims to be his long-lost mother.
The film earned some high praise on the festival circuit last year, and in advance of its VOD release next week a new trailer has hit the web. And this being a Drafthouse title, there’s also a gorgeous new Mondo poster to go with it. Check both of them out after the jump. Read More »
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The last film project from Olivier Assayas was the phenomenal mini-series Carlos, released in some markets edited into movie form. That one told the story of would-be revolutionary and genuine terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos the Jackal.
The new film from Assayas, which did a festival run last year, is Something in the Air. It tackles politics and the idea of revolution, this time looking through the lens of a student caught between politics, art, and women. It appears to be a densely detailed period construction to match Carlos, but with a lighter and slightly more broadly inviting touch. The trailer for the US release just hit, and you can watch it below. Read More »