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The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Review: Gothic and scary, with a funny-bone

The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Review: Gothic and scary, with a funny-bone Everybody loves a good mystery. Well, almost everybody. If there is magic in it and prodigious children, they love it even more. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a magical story about warlocks and witches, children and childish innocence. It has, at its centre, a house that enjoys a position of its own. Hidden inside its walls somewhere is a clock that keeps ticking, and it is no ordinary clock. In fact, it...

Thor-Ragnarok: Of hammers and horns, Avengers and Revengers

Thor-Ragnarok: Of hammers and horns, Avengers and Revengers Add humour. Suspended in mid space inside a trap-net by the fire demon Surtur, Thor asks a fellow prisoner how long has he been there. Pans out the fellow has already turned into a skeleton by this time, and, on hearing Thor’s query, his jaw (bone) drops off, literally. That’s the first scene, and the first laugh. After a marathon bout as gladiators in a cosmic arena, Thor and Hulk are freshening up, and Hulk comes out of...

Cate Blanchett Embraces Change in “Manifesto”

  In Manifesto, Julian Rosefelt's multi-screen video installation, Cate Blanchett plays 13 roles. Following its run at the Park Avenue Armory, that installation itself took on a new role: a feature film. Manifesto is set to screen in the Spotlight Narrative section of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where viewers will watch from their seats. Here's the excersise they won't be getting, from the installation:  http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1304/cate_blanchett_em...

Manifesto, Julian Rosefeldt, 2016

Until January 8, 2017 New York’s Park Avenue Armory is showcasing Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO, an extraordinary film installation which first premiered in December 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image with funding from Australian and German media and art agencies.  Rosefeldt wrote, directed, and produced Manifesto is a massive under taking, as its credits indicate, mirroring a large body of research and extensive film making.  Rosefeldt covers 19 ...

Carol, Review: Sensitised, Sanitised, Lesbianism

It happens around Christmas, so Carol is the quite the name of the season. Yes, there is snow and Christmas trees and gifts, but Carol is no innocent Santa Claus tale. Rather, it is an exquisitely woven love story, between two women. We can call them lesbians today, without looking over the shoulder, but when Patricia Highsmith wrote the novel, in Senator McCarthy’s America of the early 1950s, a time of witch-hunting, the term would surely invite wrath. Sixty-four years later, there are ...

Golden Globes 2016 Noms: So What Did You Think Would Happen?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Raise your hand if you saw Al Pacino in "Danny Collins." Raise your hand if you saw Al Pacino in "Danny Collins" and actually liked it. Okay, kidding aside, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced their nominations today at 5:15 am PST, which left a few of us critics cranky. But not without the usual clear-eyed objections to the Golden Globes' mash-up of categories. Is "Joy" a comedy? Is "T...

NYFF53 Premiere of Carol Red Carpet Arrivals

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By Maria Esteves – November 16, 2015 The 53rd New York Film Festival Premiere of CAROL, directed by Todd Haynes. Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy commenced Friday, October 9, 2015 at Alice Tully Hall, New York. Red carpet arrivals included director Todd Haynes, actress Rooney Mara, two-time Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett, American composer Carter Burwell, screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, producer Christine Vachon, producer Elizabeth Karlsen, Edith “Edie” Windsor, American co...

Cinderella, Review: Kinder Ella and some Branagh courage

Cinderella, Review: Kinder Ella and some Branagh courage Eschewing 3D and confining the classy animation/effects to only relevant scenes, Cinderella is a new take on the fable of the tortured step-daughter and her Prince Charming, with major roles played by animals and objects, led by a dazzling and highly desirable glass slippers that many teenagers would be willing to die for. It is the same old story, with minor cinematic license and major positive shift in logic. Ella (Eloise Webb) is an...

The Hobbit—Battle of the Five Armies, Review: 5 times the fight fest, in 4DX and 3D

The Hobbit—Battle of the Five Armies, Review: 5 times the fight fest, in 4DX and 3D *So snow comes after fire, and even dragons have their endings. *Where there's life there's hope. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit The film opens where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug left off: the dragon is on his way to attack the town of Esgaroth on the lake. People flee in terror, while Bard the Bowman struggles to escape from prison in order to help fight the dragon. the dwarf king Tho...

The 2014 Academy Awards Oscars with Adrienne Papp

  By Adrienne Papp I get invited to a lot of social events  as a journalist / publicist, but there is nothing quite like the Oscars.  Excitement is in the air, everyone is full of wonder, looking forward to this fairytale-like evening with its never ending magic. The unexpected always happens just to keep things fresh year after year ( just likeU2 performing live  on stage.)  The 86th Oscars was really by far one of the best ever produced in Ho...

The 2014 Academy Awards Oscars with Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp I get invited to a lot of social events  as a journalist / publicist, but there is nothing quite like the Oscars.  Excitement is in the air, everyone is full of wonder, looking forward to this fairytale-like evening with its never ending magic. The unexpected always happens just to keep things fresh year after year ( just likeU2 performing live  on stage.)  The 86th Oscars was really by far one of the best ever produced in Hollywood. O...

Gravity Top Winner at the 86th Oscars

By Maria Esteves – March 3, 2014 The 86th Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2013 hosted by Ellen DeGeneres commenced Sunday, March 2, 2014, 8:00pm ET at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California and aired live with 40 million viewers worldwide. GRAVITY received seven Oscars including Best Director Alfonso Cuaron. Three Oscars went to 12 YEARS A SLAVE including Best Picture and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in...

The 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards By The International Press Academy, By Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp In a star-studded gala ceremony, the International Press Academy celebrated the distinguished accomplishments of artists in thirty-eight categories last Sunday night at the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards held at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.  "12 Years a Slave" received Motion Picture and Director honors, while "Dallas Buyers Club's" Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, and Jared Leto w...

Bruised Oscars 2014: How the Battle for Noms Fizzled the Show for '12 Years'

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This Awards Season was by all accounts one of the nastiest in Oscar history, not just the Woody Allen takedown but also in general campaigning with one song nominated, then disqualified, and the vitriol against a few leading ladies. Julia Roberts took the worst hits, not just in her personal life tragedy but in a voter backlash as revealed to The Hollywood Reporter with one anonymous AMPAS member's ballot being made public, The voter d...

The 2014 Golden Globes Insider with Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp True to their tradition, the 71st Golden Globe Awards,broadcast on Sunday evening from the Beverly Hilton, offered plenty of Hollywood glamour, some humorous and offbeat moments, and also provided a bellwether as to what the odds-on favorites  the Academy Awards might be. The Golden Globe broadcast garnered the show’s highest ratings in 10 years, being seen by 20.9 million total viewers, up 6% from last year according to Nielsen. Co-hosti...

Wolf of Wall St. Paid $60K for Jonah Hill & Other Disparities, Plus Tom Hanks' 2 Cents

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   In the 1920's, Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl) famously took a 50 percent pay cut to work with German director G. W. Pabst, from $1000 a week to $500 a week, and flew to Berlin to make the best movies of the Kansas-born actor's career. In 2014, Jonah Hill cheerfully admits he accepted scale, around $60,000 USD, for a chance to be directed by Martin Scorsese in Wolf of Wall Street, for which he, along...

"Blue Jasmine" Blossoms with Cate Blanchett

The first utterances you hear in Woody Allen's latest picture, Blue Jasmine, come from a manic First Class passenger who blabs on and on about herself. That passenger is title  character Jasmine, whose marriage to Madoff avatar Hal (Alec Baldwin) is now as finished as her 1% coffers, and who's going nowhere fast. She's also played by Cate Blanchett, which helps explain why we not only put up with her snobbish affectations, we can't g...

What Cate Blanchett Can teach Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, and More

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When the mantle is passed, Hollywood usually makes a show of it. Consider Julia Roberts' crown going to Anne Hathaway, or Katharine Hepburn grudgingly making way for Meryl Streep. With Woody Allen's late career opus, Blue Jasmine, the mantle has just passed from Meryl Streep to Cate Blanchett, and she is phenomenal.  There are subtleties Blanchett taps into here that evoke a little bit of Vivien Leigh, Susan Hayward...

"Hanna" Sale is Biggest Market Deal So Far

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Focus Feature's new movie "Hanna" was sold to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group, which is quickly becoming a major buyer of independent films.  Sony made an aggressive move purchasing distribution rights for every territory that it could, except for the following places that Focus retains the rights for: US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Israel, Middle East, and CIS.  This marks the largest market deal so far here in Cannes, according to "The Variety."  &qu...

Cate Blanchett and Robin Hood

Cate Blanchett discusses the irony in the current regime change in Britain coinciding with the release of Robin Hood at this year's Cannes film festival.

Red Carpet- Robin Hood

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Robin Hood 2010 produced by Ridley Scott with Russel Crowe and Cate Blanchett

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will open the 63rd Festival de Cannes

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Robin Hood, the epic blockbuster by British director Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett (and Max Von Sydow, Lea Seydoux, William Hurt), is to be screened at the Opening of the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Wednesday May 12th 2010. The film will be presented out of competition.Produced by Universal Studios, the screenplay was penned by Brian Helgeland (L.A Confidential, Mystic River) and portrays the birth of the Robin Hood legend. To star, Ridley Scott chose Russell Crowe for a...

Cate Blanchett Received the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Cate Blanchett can only be described as gorgeous, gracious, well, really a host of other adjectives. And she's funny, and smart. And stunning when pregnant. When she sat on stage to review and discuss the body of work that has given her the title of Modern Master, it was a chance for the hundreds in attendance, braving the Saturday night rain, to sit with Cate for two hours and get a glimpse of the person behind the on-screen persona, or the plethora of compelling characters. One of the remarkab...
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