This week on indieWIRE, NYFF premiered an early cut of “Hugo,” iW sat down with the star of Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In,” Netflix killed off Qwikster and much more!
Netflix, Under Fire, Ditches Plans to Split Company, Kills Qwikster
Netflix will remain the brand for its DVD-by-mail business and website. Qwikster is no more.
Here’s the Academy’s Official, Final List of the 63 Foreign Films Vying for the 2012 Oscar
Of note: This is the first time New Zealand has submitted a title for Oscar’s foreign-language consideration. (It’s in Samoan.)
International Documentary Fest Amsterdam Unveils 2011 Slate
The 2011 edition of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam has announced its lineup for its festival, set for November 16-27.
Iran Releases Two Filmmakers; Sentences Actress to A Year in Jail and 90 Lashes
Over the weekend, Iran released two of the six filmmakers arrested for suspicion of working for the BBC—and sentenced Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr to a year in jail and 90 lashes for starring in the Australian production “My Tehran for Sale,” which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Michael Douglas is Liberace, Matt Damon is Scott Thorson and Steven Soderbergh is Not Retired
Showing no signs of slowing down, Steven Soderbergh is next set to helm a Liberace biopic for HBO.
Sandra Bullock Reportedly In Talks To Co-Star With Clint Eastwood In ‘Trouble With The Curve’
“Gran Torino” was allegedly supposed to be Clint Eastwood‘s last acting job. But never say never, especially when friends are involved.
Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen Go For Round Three With “Slave”
Actor-director duo Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen who, according to Variety, are set to team up a third time in McQueen’s next project, “12 Years a Slave.”
Magnet Takes to Christian Slater Horror Pic “Playback”
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to the horror film “Playback,” starring Christian Slater and directed by Michael A. Nickles. The company plans to release it on VOD in February, followed by a theatrical release in March.
Marston’s “Forgiveness of Blood” Disqualified as Foreign Oscar Contender
Joshua Marston, the director of “Maria, Full of Grace,” is not Albanian. But he argues that his latest film “The Forgiveness of Blood” is.
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
Everything from a remake of a beloved 80s dance flick to a new work by master filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is opening in theaters this week. Get a sense of what’s worth your money by checking out the reviews published this week on indieWIRE and our blog network.
NYFF ‘11 | Unfinished, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” is a 3-D Lesson in Film History
It’s certainly a heartfelt feast for the eyes, but “Hugo” may lose some awards season momentum.
REVIEW | “The Woman” Earns Its Sundance Controversy, But Fails To Reach That Potential
Eric Kohn reviews Lucky McKee’s controversial “The Woman.”
REVIEW | “Texas Killing Fields” Is Directed By Michael Mann’s Daughter, and Looks Like It
It might be unfair to read an artist’s work on the basis of her lineage, but Ami Canaan Mann is asking for it.
My Week with Marilyn Reviews: Well-Mounted Period Fantasy Earning Mostly Raves for Michelle Williams
The New York Film Festival is in full swing, reaching its midpoint Sunday with the centerpiece gala, Simon Curtis’s “My Week with Marilyn.”
REVIEW | “Bombay Beach” Explores Dreams and Isolation By the Sea
Eric Kohn reviews Alma Har’el’s directorial debut “Bombay Beach.”
And They Say Occupy Wall Street Has No Message: 10 Docs That Spell It Out
Bryce J. Renninger shares 10 documentaries that provide a primer on what Occupy Wall Street is about.
Piracy May Be An Indie Filmmaker’s Best Friend: Discuss
Piracy might be a filmmaker’s best friend. Or at least not the worst enemy.
You Have 81 Days to Make Your Next Movie Sexy to Investors
Section 181, the seven-year-old IRS ruling that’s allowed investors to deduct their entire film investment—up to $20 million—in the same year it was made, is set to expire at the end of 2011.
West Memphis 3 Arrive in New York as Free Men; Echols Says AR Officials “Know Exactly Who Did It”
Newly released prisoners Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Damien Echols discussed how the difficult process of adjustment was coming along prior to the New York Film Festival screening on Monday.
For Your Consideration: 13 Underdog Actresses That Deserve Oscar’s Attention This Year
This column will take the next two weeks as an opportunity to discuss a few names that aren’t getting much talk—mainly because they aren’t likely to end up garnering nominations.
Editorial: Hilary Swank, What The Hell Were You Thinking?
Hilary Swank and Ramzan Kadyrov would seem to be an unlikely pair.
Critical Consensus: Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” Tops Weak Week On criticWIRE
Despite finding a mixed response since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Pedro Almodovar’s latest, “The Skin I Live In” is the pick of a rather weak week for opening specialty films according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg of “Melancholia” Talks Lars von Trier and Her Latest Album
indieWIRE caught up with Gainsbourg in New York to talk about working with von Trier a second time.
Almodóvar’s New Muse? Elena Anaya Talks “Skin,” Body Suits and Joining Pedro’s Family
Brian Brooks speaks with Elena Anaya, star of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film “The Skin I Live In.”
FUTURES | How Music Video Director Alma Har’el Discovered “Bombay Beach”
Music video director Alma Har’el’s first foray into feature filmmaking, “Bombay Beach,” has been winning over critics and audiences after premiering at last year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Magnet Takes to Christian Slater Horror Pic “Playback”
We spoke with the Scotland-born actress about why she agreed to take on the physically and emotionally demanding role and whether she fears being typecast after appearing in this divisive film.
Director Sean Durkin Talks Food, Violence And Open Endings In “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
It may feel like you’ve been hearing about “Martha Marcy May Marlene” all year; the film, the debut of director Sean Durkin bowed at Sundance and has spent the last nine months picking up new fans at every subsequent festival, from Cannes to Toronto, and launching its young star, Elizabeth Olsen, into stardom.
In Her Own Words: Ami Canaan Mann Shares a Scene From Her Debut, “Texas Killing Fields”
“Texas Killing Fields” is a film inspired by the phenomenon of crime that has occurred just outside Texas City, Texas since 1969 – 50-some bodies have been found dumped in various scrub brush tracts along I-45. Some prostitutes, some children, some mothers, some men. Most of them victims of sexual assault crimes.
In His Own Words | Jim Loach Shares a Scene From “Oranges and Sunshine” Starring Emily Watson
“Oranges and Sunshine” tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organized deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia.
In His Own Words: Darryl Roberts Shares a Scene From His Obesity Doc “America the Beautiful 2”
Darryl Roberts opens up about the genesis of his obesity doc “America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments,” his follow-up to “America the Beautiful,” which examined the nation’s obsession with beauty.
In His Own Words | Dennis Lee Shares a Scene From “Fireflies in the Garden” Starring Julia Roberts
Director Dennis Lee shares one of his favorite scenes from his debut feature “Fireflies in the Garden,” starring Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Emily Watson.
Watch: Haunting, Hypnotic Trailer for Cannes Shocker “Sleeping Beauty
The trailer for the Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” premiered today and like the film, it’s haunting, hypnotic and altogether unsettling.
Watch: Trailer for Environmental Doc “You’ve Been Trumped”
Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Donald Trump might be a little less than enthused with his appearance in director Anthony Baxter’s environmental documentary, “You’ve Been Trumped.”
Watch: Trailer for Apocalypse Drama “The Divide”
If the premise of “The Divide” doesn’t raise the stakes for the rest of the movie, the first shot from its new trailer certainly does.
Watch: The Trailer for “Shame” is Elegant, Beautifully Shot and Decidedly PG-13
By all accounts, Steve McQueen’s “Shame” is a NC-17 movie if there ever was one, but all hail the trailer editors: They managed to build a 1:44 that reveals only an occasional flash of skin and creates a mounting sense of anxiety and desperation, all backed by McQueen’s extraordinary palette.
Watch: Glenn Close Guns for Oscar in Trailer for “Albert Nobbs”
Glenn Close comes off well in the trailer for her long in the works passion project “Albert Nobbs.” The film? Not so much.