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FEATURETTE about making of We bought a zoo added online

Film starred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson

Watch this new featurette just posted online two days ago about the making of Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo. The full-length documentary will be available on the Blu-ray, to be released on April 3. ... more >

Ron Burgundy IS BACK

The Myth. The Legend. The flute player.

When you announce your own sequel in character, might as well do it in style. The totally-unknown-in-France Will Ferrell showed up on Conan on Thursday night dressed up in his anchorman suit (it's burgundy-colored, the 1986 vintage) and playing the flute (I think he thought he was Clarence Clemons doing a saxophone solo). Ferrell announced loud and clear that Anchorman would be made into a ... more >

Brazil’s tribes at the heart of NEW CAO HAMBURGER MOVIE

A narrative of vanquishment, repeated
João Miguel, Felipe Camargo and Caio Blat
Directed by Cao Hamburger

Claudio, Orlando and Leonardo Villas Boas are spirited young brothers in search of a path in life in 1943, during a period of historic industrial and agricultural growth in newly-democratic Brazil. They sign up to travel to the Xingu region of the Amazon to help build a landing strip near indigenous lands. But in order to do this, they must gain the natives' trust. Xingu, based on true events, ... more >

Oh John Patrick Shanley WHY?

Successful screenwriter sued by former sex slave

If the name John Patrick Shanley sounds familiar, that's because you, like many others, saw the play (and the subsequent movie) Doubt some years ago. In the Nineties you saw Moonstruck. All these works were penned by Shanley, whose pen is like a mighty sword. According to todays N.Y. Post, however, Shanley is getting sued by an unknown actress for having caused her physical harm during many an ... more >

WEINSTEIN CO sets up Intouchables for U.S. (Variety)

Can they replicate the B.O. bonanza witnessed in France?

As reported in Variety, the Weinstein Company is packaging a remake of Intouchables, a French movie (itself an adaptation of a book) which made a killing at the box office last year. Intouchables (photo) was in fact the third biggest-selling movie ever in France. I’m curious whether the title will cause any problems for American audiences, who might easily think this is a remake of Brian De ... more >

Top-notch fx in THE WRATH OF THE TITANS – REVIEW

Feel the wrath, baby!
Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Homer’s memorized recitals of the stories of the heroes and gods certainly required a  attention span. The Wrath of The Titans certainly does not. It demands only the attention typically demanded by modern Hollywood blockbuster screenwriting. But would Homer, in all his “As I lay dying, the woman with the dog face wouldn’t close my eyes as I descended into Hades”-ness, been better served by ... more >

CANNES ’12 – Short Film jury announced

Jury members reflect filmmaker pool diversity

Belgian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with the Bike) and Arsinée Khanjian will be part of the Cinéfondation and Short Film jury this year at the Cannes Festival (Dardenne will be this year’s jury president). The Cinéfondation, the festival's own Bell lab, was created in 1998 as launching pad for new filmmakers, helping them produce and distribute their films. Fifteen filmmakers are ... more >