ASTORIA, NY -- David O. Russell will be the subject of the first director retrospective at the newly expanded Museum of the Moving Image. From January 19 through February 6, 2011, Moving Image will screen all five of Russell's feature films, from his audacious 1994 comedy Spanking the Monkey to his new film, The Fighter, which is a critical and popular success. The retrospective opens on Wednesday, January 19, with a special screening of The Fighter in the Museum's magnificent new 267-seat Moving Image Theater. Russell will discuss the film in a post-screening conversation moderated by his friend, director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are).

Teeming with life, Russell's acclaimed film The Fighter is at once assured and powerful, a cinematic experience that doesn't fit neatly into any one genre. His debut, Spanking the Monkey, is a coming-of-age story that ventures into mother-son incest without sacrificing emotional honesty or comedy. Flirting with Disaster is a screwball family comedy that cheerfully explores adoption, adultery, and many other loaded subjects. Three Kings uses wild humor to attack the absurdity of modern warfare. And I Heart Huckabees is a playful, irreverent comedy that is completely serious in its exploration of profound existential questions. "In short, Russell has firmly established himself as one of the most consistently original and inventive contemporary filmmakers. With all the attention surrounding his latest film, this is a good time to take a look at his remarkable and unconventional career," said David Schwartz, the Museum's chief curator, who organized the retrospective.


The Films of David O. Russell
January 15-February 20, 2011
Special screening: The Fighter
Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 p.m.
A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID O. RUSSELL AND SPIKE JONZE
2010, 115 mins. Paramount Pictures. With Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa
Leo, Amy Adams. Russell's vibrant new film is a true-life boxing drama and a family drama about the rivalry between two brothers and between a controlling mother-manager and her son's girlfriend. Gaining atmosphere from its Lowell, Massachusetts setting, this film features four of the year's most indelible performances. A labor of love for producer/star Wahlberg, the film is also a dazzling comeback of sorts for Russell, making his first feature film in six years.
TICKETS: $15 public / $10 Museum members / Free for Silver Screen members and above. Order online at movingimage.us or call 718 777 6800.

Spanking the Monkey
Friday, January 21, 7:30 p.m.
1994, 100 mins. With Jeremy Davies. In his impressive debut, which won the Audience Award at Sundance, Russell brings deadpan humor and emotional complexity to what could have been very lurid subject matter: the improper relationship that develops over a summer between a housebound mother and her college-age son.

Flirting with Disaster
Saturday, January 29, 6:00 p.m.
1996, 92 mins. With Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni. Madcap road movie meets screwball romance meets dysfunctional family comedy in Russell's wild and assured film about an adopted man who decides to track down his biological father. Russell's sophomore film is filled with surprises and great acting from an ensemble that includes George Segal, Lily Tomlin, Patricia Arquette, Richard Jenkins, and Josh Brolin.

Three Kings
Saturday , February 5, 6:00 p.m.
1999, 114 mins. With George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube. An audacious, satirical movie and one of the few Hollywood films set during the first Gulf War, Three
Kings, about a group of cynical American soldiers tracking down a pile of gold stolen by Saddam Hussein, was described by Roger Ebert as "some kind of weird masterpiece, a screw-loose war picture that sends action and humor crashing head-on into each other and spinning off into political anger."

I Heart Huckabees
Sunday , February 6, 5:30 p.m.
2004, 107 mins. With Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jason Schwartzman. A down-on-his-luck poet/activist enlists the help of an existential detective agency to help solve some cosmic questions in Russell's brilliant one-of-a-kind philosophical comedy about nothing less than the meaning of life and the nature of reality. Russell's most provocative and
unpredictable movie is also his most personal.

MUSEUM INFORMATION
Hours (beginning January 15, 2011): Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Holiday Openings: Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Monday, February 21 (Washington's Birthday), 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Monday except for holiday openings).

Film Screenings: See schedule above for schedule.
Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults; $7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events and Friday evenings) Tickets for special screenings and events may be purchased in advance online at movingimage.us or by phone at 718.777.6800.

Location: 35 Avenue at 37 Street in Astoria.
Subway: R or M trains (R on weekends) to Steinway Street. N or Q trains to 36 Avenue.
Program Information: Telephone: 718.777.6888; Website: http://movingimage.us

 

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Beverly Hills, CA -- Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will executive produce the red carpet arrivals show "Oscar's Red Carpet Live," 83rd Academy Awards® telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the pair's first time producing the red carpet show.

"Oscar's Red Carpet Live," which has been extended from 30 to 90 minutes, will air on the ABC Television Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET, immediately preceding the Oscar telecast. Cohen and Mischer also serve as executive producers for "Oscar's Red Carpet Live."

Haykel and Hare, who have long-standing associations with Mischer - 14 and 18 years respectively - are also serving as consulting producers for the 83rd Academy Awards telecast.

"We're excited to be working on the pre-show, and it's great that it's been extended to 90 minutes," said Haykel and Hare. "In addition to having more time to talk to the biggest movie stars in the world, we'll be able to take the viewers behind the scenes before the biggest event in entertainment!"

Haykel recently produced the "62nd Primetime Emmy Awards" in association with Mischer, and the official kickoff to the Obama Inaugural, "We Are One," for HBO. Also in collaboration with Mischer, he produced the halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXIX and XL and the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Hare joined Don Mischer Productions in 1996. She has worked on the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics in Shanghai, on several Emmy® telecasts, and on pre-game and halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXIX, XL and XLI. In 2009 Hare received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series for producing PBS's "From the Top at Carnegie Hall."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.

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NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen's new film, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. The film stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is produced by Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, and Jaume Roures. It is financed by Mediapro, the Spain-based company which also funded VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA and YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER. The film was Allen's first film shot in Paris.

"I had a particularly enjoyable experience shooting in Paris. It's something that I hope I get a chance to do again. I always look forward to having my films distributed by Sony Classics because they have great sensitivity toward my work and I appreciate it," says Allen.

Sony Pictures Classics states, "MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is Woody Allen at his most magical. We couldn't be more pleased to be back with Woody, Letty and their entire team, as well as, our friends at Mediapro."

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS marks Allen's fourth film with Sony Pictures Classics. Their previous collaborations include the recent, YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts; SWEET AND LOWDOWN, which garnered Oscar nominations for Sean Penn and Samantha Morton; and The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival's opening night film WHATEVER WORKS starring Larry David, Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan), Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception), Danny Cohen, BSC (The King's Speech), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), and Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February 13.

"These five people have set the standard for today's cinematography," says Awards Committee Chairman Richard Crudo. "Although they were nominated for a variety of films, they share the common denominator of extraordinary talent and good taste. Just their mere presence on set would elevate any production."

This is the ninth nomination for Deakins in the ASC feature film competition. He earned top honors for The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn't There (2002), and other nominations for Fargo (1997), Kundun (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001), No Country for Old Men (2008), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008), Revolutionary Road (2009) and The Reader (2009). In addition to his nomination for True Grit, Deakins will also be honored as the recipient of the ASC's 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.

This is the third nomination for Pfister who was previously recognized for Batman Begins (2006) and The Dark Knight (2009).

Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are all first-time nominees.

"The artistically diverse approaches these talented cinematographers employed are a glimpse at what visionaries with a camera can accomplish," says ASC President Michael Goi. "They are visual storytellers of the highest caliber."

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Source: Deadline Hollywood

Andy Serkis was signed to reprise his role as Gollum in the upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit, to be mounted by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson. Serkis joins actor Martin Freeman, who will play a younger version of the Rings' films' character Bilbo Baggins, as well as Elijah Wood and Cate Blanchett, who will similarly reprise their roles from the original trilogy.

Serkis' turn as the tormented creature in the original trilogy was one of the first major film characters to be created entirely via performance capture, and James Cameron credited the successful creation of Gollum as the evidence he needed to get his own performance-capture-based film, Avatar, off the ground. Meanwhile, since the Rings films, Serkis provided the performance-capture bases for Jackson's King Kong, and played a variety of live-action characters in films such as 13 Going On 30 and The Prestige. But his return to the world of The Lord of the Rings signals Jackson's intention to at least try and recreate the magic that made the original films such a critical and commercial success.

 

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