Herzog seeks the truth on death row

Interesting news from Screen International, who have reported from the Berlinale that Werner Herzog is currently in Houston, Texas - filming death row inmates for a new documentary. After negotiations with lawyers, wardens and the inmates themselves, Herzog has managed to secure interviews with five subjects, from which he hopes to make an as-yet untitled... Continue Reading →

Maria Schneider 1952-2011

"I didn't want to be a star, much less a scandalous actress - simply to be in cinema" - Maria Schneider Thursday brought news of the very sad passing of Maria Schneider, the talented and troubled French actress most famous for her role opposite Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris. Few actresses could have... Continue Reading →

BFI – The Wonderful World of Disney

With the upcoming release of Tangled, Disney will celebrate its 50th in-house animated feature, the culmination of 70 years of almost non-stop production. It's easy to be cynical about certain periods in Disney's history - the lean years of the 1980s, which were documented in the excellent Waking Sleeping Beauty, certainly don't inspire much fondness... Continue Reading →

Kevin Smith pulls a Radiohead

Well, not quite. But Kevin Smith's bold new distribution project - which seems to have been gestating for a long time - looks set to re-define his relationship with his fanbase, and even burn some bridges within the distribution industry. Deadline reports that last night's Sundance screening of Red State - Smith's first non-comedy, a... Continue Reading →

Mike Leigh – Another Masterpiece

In news which has shocked the film world, Mike Leigh's Another Year is winning terrific praise from audiences and critics wherever it goes, with serious accolades expected for stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen.  Even better news for Londoners: the Barbican have scheduled a Q&A session with the legendary director himself, following a screening of... Continue Reading →

Army of Plant-ness

From the ever-dependable Deadline comes news that producer/distributor Mandate Pictures, in league with Sam Raimi, has won an auction for the rights to a new Hollywood adaptation of John Wyndham's literary classic The Day of the Triffids. Apparently beating out a number of other high-profile bidders, the new film is set to be directed by... Continue Reading →

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