Archives for July 2012


To Rome with love

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To rome with love (Penelope Cruz)

To Rome with love

Four stories intersecting in la bella città
Roberto Benigni, Alison Pill and Penelope Cruz
Directed by Woody Allen

Woody Allen continues his European wandering, this time taking on four stories centered around love, infidelity and fame and set in beautiful Rome, la bella città. Only the narrative is so slight and the comedy so unfunny that "To Rome with love" quickly grows tiresome. This is the first time that Allen has gone in front of the camera in a while and it helps because he gives himself all the ... more >

Europe’s film professionals mobilize to stop Italian film studio closing

Cinecitta's dismantlement already underway

French directors Claude Lelouch, Costa-Gavras, Michel Hazanavicius, Cédric Klapisch and Coline Serreau have been the first signatories of a petition launched in France in favor of protecting the legendary Cinecitta film studios in Rome, which is being zeroed in on by real estate developers. After an online drive was launched by a French trade association for producers and filmmakers, directors ... more >

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

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Nina Arianda


New biopic about Pearl years in the making

If the only artistic medium to truly immortalize people is cinema then Janis Joplin will finally get her day in the sun: the cosmic mama is the subject of an upcoming biopic slated for production. This new film, titled “Joplin,” will be produced by Peter Newman. Principal photography is set to begin in September 2013. Sean Durkin (“Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene”) has been attached to direct it. ... more >

Cristian Mungiu

"If you make a 50 million-dollar rom-com and people don't like it you should be worried"

Taking a real police case--it was also the subject of a novel called "Deadly Confession" (2006) by Romanian writer Tatiana Niculescu Bran--and fictionalizing it for the big screen, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu took his new film "După dealuri" ("Beyond the hills" in Romanian) to Cannes and walked away with two wins (Mungiu previously earned the festival's top honor, the Palme D'Or): best ... more >

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise


Separation proceedings pervaded by dignity

Less than two weeks after announcing their separation Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached an agreement to settle their divorce amicably and seem determined to remain discreet about the role of Scientology, the church of which Cruise is the most visible member, in their breakup. "The matter is settled and an agreement was signed, "said Jonathan Wolfe, counsel for Katie Holmes, in a ... more >