Meryl Streep prevented the cast and crew of The Artist from a total sweep of the major categories at this year’s British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and commonly called the  BAFTAs. Streep won Best Actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and The Artist took Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.

There were a few good winners for categories in between all those, and we’ve got the full rundown after the break. Read More »

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Year-end top 10 lists can get pretty mind-numbing, as you see the same titles crop up again and again and again… and again, but filmmaker John Waters has set himself apart by both by posting his a bit early and by, oh yeah, being John Waters. You wouldn’t seriously expect the man who gave us Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Hairspray to just name War Horse and The Artist like everrrrrrryone else, would you?

No, Waters’ tastes tend toward more unconventional choices, like Kaboom, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (seriously), with Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin I Live In topping the list. Read the top 10 after the jump.

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Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Writers’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Moneyball‘s Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, The Skin I Live In‘s Pedro Almodovar, J. Edgar‘s Dustin Lance Black, Rampart‘s Oren Moverman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘s Eric Roth to discuss their own, and each others’, scripts, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

Another Fantastic Fest is in the books and the festival once again lived up to its name. For eight straight days I slept little, met friends, ate, drank and watched an inhuman amount of crazy genre movies. Now that it’s over, it’s time to not only rank the best films I saw at the festival, but point out a few trends that defined Fantastic Fest 2011. Read More »

‘The Skin I Live In’ US Trailer and Poster

Reviews out of Cannes might have been mixed at best, but the images and footage we’ve seen so far from The Skin I Live In, aka the reunion of Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas, are just too weird to allow me to write the film off completely. The film is about experimentation, control, and sex, and at the very least it looks as visually lush as you’d hope to see from a deliberately genre-informed outing from Almodovar.

We saw an international teaser for the movie not long ago that made it appear to have an unusually sexy/creepy/cool vibe. And now the US trailer has made its way online. It comes complete with the same strange/sexy tone, thanks in part to an infectious and bouncy music track. But then Antonio Banderas turns a hose on some poor guy and you have to wonder what’s really happening. Check it out below. Read More »

If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

We’ve got a handful of release dates to share, with the biggest possibly being Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim, which, if things go well, will begin shooting late this summer or in early fall. Warner Bros. will distribute the Legendary Pictures production, and has just set July 12, 2013 as the release date. Pacific Rim is scripted by Travis Beacham and already boasts Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in the cast. The story is “set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat.” [THR]

After the break, a new date for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and dates for the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host, as well as for Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. Read More »

Reviews at Cannes painted Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, as a muddled but sometimes effective thriller. A new international teaser for the movie has landed, and it certainly hypes up the ‘effective’ part, even while suggesting the same all over the map tone of which some complained at Cannes.

I got a kick out of this teaser because it makes the film look like it has the camp playfulness and style of Mario Bava’s wild comic book classic Danger: Diabolik, only filtered through the more intensely psycho-sexual and self-aware viewpoint of Peddro Almodovar. If I saw this without knowing anything else of the film I’d walk away pretty keen to see the film. See what you think, after the break. Read More »

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