Illusionist TV series

A day rarely goes by of late without news on a new film-to-TV development. The latest news is of an Illusionist TV series, based on the 2006 film from director Neil Burger and stars Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. A couple things will be changed, as is so often the case with these film to television transfers, but the core idea is pretty great. Additionally, there’s news on the Westworld show that HBO has been considering. Read More »

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To quote Martin Short’s SCTV character Irving Cohen, “years ago there was a thing called a-vaude-a-ville.”

Vaudeville was theatrical circuit in the late 19th century and early 20th century where, for a few cents, you’d go to see a stream of short plays, musical or comedy acts. Many of the earliest film comedians got their start there, like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers and, yes, all permutations of The Three Stooges.

This weekend sees the release of the Farrelly Brothers’ unfairly maligned film The Three Stooges (it’s good, I swear) and it is absolutely soaked in the seltzer that is the Vaudeville aesthetic. Plot will get yanked to the side (as though with a hook on amateur night) if there’s an opportunity get a laugh from some physical or verbal schtick. If this is in any way your thing, might I suggest some other Vaudeville-inspired films you probably haven’t seen. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder what’s happened to the careers of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, take sides over Blue Valentine, praise the combination of Werner Herzog and 3D, and discuss the appropriateness of Hunger Games casting. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club. You can no longer listen to the Book of Mormon soundtrack, but you can purchase it on iTunes.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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BLUE VALENTINE
If you’re lucky, you won’t be able to identify with Blue Valentine. If you’re less lucky, it will remind you a great deal of your parents, siblings or friends. Pray though, that it doesn’t remind you of yourself. There’s nothing more miserable than being proven the futility and fleeting nature of romantic love, unless of course it perfectly encapsulates your biggest life decisions. This film is an all-too-real snapshot of both the best and worst parts of a relationship, which is really just another way of saying the beginning and end of one. It’s half Before Sunrise and half Revolutionary Road, slammed right up against each other to juxtapose the beauty and ultimate folly of one of life’s most fundamental goals: to fall in love and spend your life with someone. Many people will probably take sides while watching Blue Valentine, accusing the wife of being cold and distant or blaming the husband for being immature and without ambition. But that would be missing the point. These are two people, flawed but well-meaning, who made the choices they made and must live with them. They would like things to be different — and they would like each other to be different — but they’re not, and that’s just the way life is. It’s easy to point fingers, but not everything is somebody’s fault. Sometimes people just grow apart, and it takes time (and the mounting conflict that time permits) for them to accept it. Blue Valentine captures this aspect of life better than almost any film I’ve seen. It’s raw and devastatingly real, written and directed with an almost invisible hand by Derek Cianfrance, and acted with incredible earnestness by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. It won’t leave you smiling, but it will get you thinking about your own relationships — past, present and future — and will hopefully help someone out there to think twice before making the same mistakes.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Deleted Scenes, Making of Blue Valentine, Commentary, and Home Movies.

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As the year comes to an end, anybody and everybody are posting their best of the year lists. Most of these lists contain variations of the same 15 or 20 films. To break the mold, some are even posting lists of the best films of the year that you probably haven’t seen. I find that even these lists are filled with the same movies. And if you’re a film geek reading a site like /Film, chances are you know about most of the movies on these lists.

I wanted to do something different and compile a list of the best films of the year that you’ve never heard of. The selections should be movies that (for the most part) none of your family or friends have heard of, and you might even have to do some extra legwork to get your hands on.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 35 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The International Animated Film Society ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Annie Awards, and the DreamWorks feature How to Train Your Dragon leads the pack with more than ten nods. But there’s a caveat; that and the full list of nominations after the break. Read More »

THR’s 2010 Awards Watch Animators Roundtable

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Earlier this month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Today we get to watch/listen to the Animators roundtable, which includes Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).

Unfortunately, unlike the screenwriters roundtable, THR has decided not to put the entire video online. Instead they have given us three clips and have a full transcript of the roundtable online only for subscribers. You can still watch over ten minutes of the roundtable in selected clips embedded after the jump.
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