Archives for January 2012


Theo Angelopoulos Dies in Accident

Greece just lost a major credit rating, film-wise

This morning I awoke to the sad news that Greek director Theo Angelopoulos had succumbed to a head injury sustained in a collision with a motorcyclist in Athens, near the port of Pyraeus. He was in the middle of shooting his latest feature, The Other Sea—was is to be shown at the next Cannes Festival? I’m waiting to hear back from them. This biker, an off-duty police officer, should have a ... more >

The Artist slays the Oscars nominations

The world is watching as the silent film races towards Oscar gold

What a coup for Michel Hazanavicius & Co! The French filmmaker's silent film The Artist has just been nominated for a total of ten possible statuettes as was just announced in Los Angeles, including the top award for film, directing, male actor, supporting role by a female, screenplay and musical score. Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret is up for eleven possible awards. There's been a lot of ... more >

Mary-Louise Parker best Year of the Dragon personality

It's a new year in China - the Year of the Dragon

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, and we wanted to seize the opportunity to wish Mary-Louise Parker a happy birthday and note the fact that she's a Year of the Dragon person, along with Fats Domino, Al Pacino, Sigmund Freud and Florence Nightingale. Parker is well known to you and I for playing Nancy, the enterprising mom on the hit Showtime series "Weeds"; we nominate ... more >

Sundance in full effect

Elizabeth Olsen, the talented twenty-two-year-old star of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House, was at the Sundance Festival to promote the thriller Red Lights on Friday night, January 20. Olsen was our Person to Watch last month. The Sundance Festival takes place between January 19-29. Visit the festival's site for full details and the latest news and photos. ... more >

David Spaltro

Directing/producing as extreme sport - don't say we didn't warn you

With today's dried-up loan markets and lack of funding for the arts, financing all of their film's budget through credit-cards, endless bartender shifts and selling internal organs is the norm for independent filmmakers. What you don't hear about often is someone shedding his identity to dodge debt collectors. New York-based David Spaltro suffered through this for two years, ever since wrapping ... more >


They left her no choice
Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

“Judy, Judy,” Jimmy Stewart famously told Kim Novak in Vertigo, as he forced her to change her appearance to that of his dead lover. “It can’t make that much difference to you.” This was Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous and revealing line in his 1958 classic, a meditation on the male gaze. I thought of it when I read about Haywire’s post-production. Director Steven Soderbergh deepened the voice ... more >

Habemus Praesidem

Nanni Moretti to head Cannes jury–-we have a president.

Nanni Moretti the genial filmmaker from Rome is a multitasking kind of individual. He’s directed (The Caiman), worked as screenwriter (Habemus Papam) and produced extensively—read some early interviews of him and you’ll find out that he’s hedged his bets this way from the beginning of his career in cinema. And last night, Moretti landed the best job of all. But how will he make use of ... more >