omplete QPORIT: May 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

 

BLUE STATE


Blue State
is a pleasant, amusing, romantic, road-trip comedy, set in a political diatribe. John Logue (Breckin Meyer, pleasant and extremely earnest) commits himself to moving to Canada after Bush wins re-election. Chloe Hamon (Anna Paquin) is the hot girl with blue hair who answers his ad for a travelling companion.

Anna Paquin (Oscar winner for The Piano) is really terrific in this small, independent, extremely low budget film. She delivers moods and feeling with the smallest movement of an eye or lip, and seems alert, present and deeply involved at every moment.

The film was produced by (many! people, including)
Andrew Paquin, Anna's brother, and was edited by Adam B. Stein, recently a finalist On The Lot.

The film is nicely shot, especially considering it was shot in twenty days at a rate of 5 pages a day. This is the first feature for writer/director
Marshall Lewy. Nice work.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

 

PHOENIX HAS LANDED!



A raw, unprocessed image of Mars
taken by Phoenix shortly after arrival on Mars
...From NASA


Phoenix has landed on Mars. Launched in August, Phoenix used parachutes and reverse rockets to slow its decent to a solid landing on the North Polar, Arctic region of Mars.

Previous studies have shown the strong likelihood of a layer of H20-ice possibly as close as an inch below the surface. Phoenix is designed to dig into the surface and study the frozen water that it hopes to find there (including the possibility of organic material in the ice). Other experiments on Phoenix will measure moisture, dust and other meteorological properties of the atmosphere.


http://www.nasa.gov/

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

 

FRENCH FILMS IN NY - MAY 16-22, 2008


Here's the latest news from the French Embassy about French Films playing in New York --

(But please note: Film schedules are notoriously prone to changes. Please double check the schedule with the theater before you go down there!)


>>>> Now Playing (May 16-22, 2008)

OSS 117: LE CAIRE - NID D'ESPIONS / CAIRO – NEST OF SPIES

City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 1001 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10022 1:10pm 3:20pm 5:30pm 7:40pm 10:05pm

Landmark's Sunshine Cinema 143 East Houston Street New York, NY 10002 11:05am 1:15pm 3:30pm 5:50pm 8:10pm 10:20pm
http://movies.aol.com/movie/oss-117-cairo-nest-of-spies/31641/main

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. With Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre, Constantin Alexandrov, Said Amadis, Claude Brosset. 99 minutes. French with English subtitles

2006 Seattle Int’l Film Festival (Audience Award) 2006 Tokyo Int’l Film Festival (Grand Prix)

A box-office sensation in France, comic star Jean Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent and close friend is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he investigates Jack's death, monitors the Suez Canal, checks up on the Brits and Soviets, burnishes France's reputation, quells a fundamentalist rebellion and brokers peace in the Middle East. A blithe and witty send-up not only of spy films of that era and the suave secret agent figure but also neo-colonialism, ethnocentrism and the very idea of Western covert action in the Middle East.

Trailer: www.oss117movie.com

“This inspired piece of silliness boasts gorgeous period design, deftly tweaks French colonial smugness, and, in Jean Dujardin's self-mocking playfulness as Agent 117 offers a charming comic turn closer in spirit to Cary Grant than Mike Myers." John Powers, Vogue

“an uproarious send-up of Jean Bruce’s long-running series of spy novels - a Gallic precursor to James Bond…makes joyous nonsense out of bad matte paintings, obvious miniatures, unsubtle sexual innuendo and a lead actor who plays the role to clueless, arched-eyebrow perfection” Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

“Sparkling production design, a jubilantly retro score and a genuine flair for using the film and TV vocabulary of the '60s to revisit colonial arrogance put pic in the same conceptual ballpark as Austin Powers or "The Naked Gun" series.” Lisa Nesselson, Variety


A Music Box Release:


FRONTIER(S)


City Cinemas Village East 181 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 2:20pm 4:45pm 7:10pm 9:35pm

Directed by Xavier Gens. NC-17. 108 min. With Karina Testa, Aurelien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, David Saracino

Alone in a Paris plagued by deadly race riots, the young and beautiful Yasmine is looking for a way out. In her desperation, she turns to her shady ex-boyfriend. Together with his two thug friends, they pull off a bold heist and head for the border. With the police close behind, they hide out in a seemingly peaceful inn. But the mysterious innkeeper is hiding a secret more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine. Trapped in an endless maze of tunnels crawling with hungry subhuman cannibals, they must fight to survive their bloody initiation into the innkeeper's evil family cult.
http://movies.aol.com/theater/city-cinemas-village-east/922/showtimes

An After Dark release:
http://www.frontiersunrated.com/frontiers_main.html



ROMAN DE GARE

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas Broadway Between 62nd and 63rd New York, NY 1002311:20am 1:20pm 3:35pm 5:50pm 8:05pm 10:15pm

Angelika Film Center 18 W. Houston Street New York, NY 10012 12:15pm 2:45pm 5:05pm 7:40pm 10:00pm 12:15am

http://movies.aol.com/movie/roman-de-gare/32367/main?date=20080425

Jacob Burns Film Center 364 Manville Road Pleasantville, NY 10570 Fri. 5/16: 5:00, 7:15, 9:30, Sat. 5/17: 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35, Sun. 5/18: 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:15, Mon. 5/19: 7:30, Tues. 5/20: 5:30, Wed. 5/21: 5:15, 7:30, Thurs. 5/22: 5:00

http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org/

By Claude Lelouch, 2007. Color. 103min. In French with English subtitles. With Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Dana

In the still of the night, three lives are about to cross: an abandoned woman (Audrey Dana), a stranger awaiting his chance (Dominique Pinon), and a best-selling author (Fanny Ardant). Deceptively layered and intriguingly misleading, this thriller follows these three strangers as they uncover their respective secrets and betrayals. Academy-Award winning director Claude Lelouch originally wrote and directed the film under a nom de plume, further adding to the movie’s mystique. Presented at Cannes in 2007, Roman de gare stars the celebrated Fanny Ardant (La femme de la côté, Ridicule) and Dominique Pinon (Amélie, Delicatessen).

"Infectiously enjoyable. " - The Hollywood Reporter


Trailer:
http://angelikafilmcenter.com/angelika_film.asp?hID=1&ID=22i14d8.4r72504390147166t.72#


LE VOYAGE DU BALLON ROUGE / FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON

The Two Boots Pioneer Theater 155 E 3rd St New York, NY 10009

http://movies.aol.com/movie/the-flight-of-the-red-balloon-le-voyage-du-ballon-rouge/31377/main?date=20080404


By Hou Hsiao-hsien. With Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Song Fang. 2007. 113 minutes. In French with English subtitles

Inspired by Albert Lamorisse’s classic 1956 short THE RED BALLOON, the film begins with a mysterious balloon affectionately following 7-year-old Simon (Simon Iteanu) around Paris. A precocious, wide-eyed boy, Simon lives in a shared split-level flat with his mother Suzanne (Binoche), a puppeteer and voice performer. Completely absorbed by her new show, single-mother Suzanne hires Song (Song Fan), a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. They come to form a unique extended family, thoroughly interdependent yet all lost in separate thoughts and dreams. The fluid, unparalleled elegance of Hou’s camerawork finds grace in the simplest of details, and gently discovers a Paris previously unseen. Playing a flawed but disarmingly honest woman struggling to find her footing, Binoche is utterly hypnotic, and has never been better.

“A quiet, unassuming and flawless tribute to Paris, to the spirit of childhood and to the ability of art to compensate for some of the painful imperfections of life.” –A.O. Scott, New York Times
“One of the year’s most stirring sights. A movie whose profundity sneaks up on you and wraps you in a soft embrace.” –Gene Seymour, Newsday
“A work of tremendous precision and heartfelt emotion, made by one of the great artists in the medium. A masterpiece.” –Andrew O’Hehir, Salon



JELLYFISH

Jacob Burns Film Center 364 Manville Road Pleasantville, NY 10570 Sat. 5/17: 7:00, Thurs. 5/22: 7:30
http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org/


Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY 10003 1:30pm; 5:30pm
http://movies.aol.com/movie/jellyfish-meduzot/33233/main?date=20080426

Directed by Etgar Keret, Shira Geffen. With Sarah Adler, Nikol Leidman, Gera Sandler, Noa Knoller, Ma-nenita De Latorre. Hebrew/French with English subtitles. 78 mins. Rated NR

Awards: Winner - Camera d’Or - Cannes Film Festival 10-Time Nominee - Awards of Israeli Film Academy

Poignant, often witty and exceedingly cinematic, JELLYFISH (MEDUZOT), tells the story of three very different Tel Aviv women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Batya, a catering waitress, takes in a child apparently abandoned at a local beach. Batya is one of the servers at the wedding reception of Keren, a bride who breaks her leg escaping a locked toilet stall, ruining her chance at a dream Caribbean honeymoon. And attending the event with an employer is Joy, a non Hebrew-speaking domestic worker who has guiltily left her son behind in her native Philippines.

"Marvelously inventive, often-ironic Israeli storyteller Etgar Keret and his life- and workmate, Shira Geffen, spin in Jellyfish a dreamy, arty, alluringly cockeyed tale. " - Entertainment Weekly

"[A] tightly constructed, cleverly stylized, serio-comic ensemble piece. " - Variety
Trailer: www.zeitgeistfilms.com


HORS DE PRIX / PRICELESS

Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY 100033:20pm 7:20pm 9:30pm
http://movies.aol.com/movie/priceless-2008/32366/main?date=20080328

By Pierre Salvadori. With Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff, Jacques Spiesser, Annelise Hesme, Charlotte Vermeil. France 2006 1h43'

Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a shy young bartender, is mistaken for a millionaire by a beautiful seductress named Irene (Audrey Tautou). When Irene discovers his true identity, she abandons him, only to find that a love-struck Jean has no intention of letting her get away. Jean’s comical attempts to gain her affections gradually evolve into setting himself up as a gigolo at a luxury hotel, until Irene finally starts to warm to her persistent, persuasive suitor. Against the wildly atmospheric backdrop of the south of France, Pierre Salvadori (APRES VOUS) directs this sexy and thoroughly charming romantic comedy, which is a fresh re-imagining of the cinema classic, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.




Revivals, Classics, Festivals…




World Nomads: African Cinema >>> May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2008

Florence Gould Hall , 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)
http://www.fiaf.org/french%20film/spring2008/2008-05-african.shtml

This series is, at root, about the art and sensibility of storytelling and about the talent and mind that creates the story. No one in the lineage of African Cinema could better tell the story of a people within a space—the life of the country, the encroaching metropolis—than Ousmane Sembène. In conjunction with World Nomads, this film series captures some of his vision and influence through rare screenings of six Yennenga prize films. Concluding with an evening of cinema, spoken word, and music; FIAF and African Film Festival, Inc. create an anthem to African Cinema and a salute to Sembène.

Baara

Souleymane Cissé, 1978. Color. 93 min. With Ismaïla Sarr, Baba Niaré. In Bambara with English subtitles

The first feature ever produced in Mali, Baara recounts the story of a young engineer who is promoted as head of a factory. He succeeds in improving the factory, but his desire to involve and empower other workers provokes the anger of the owner, who orders the manager’s execution. Though set in a country rarely seen on film, Baara resonates with universality.

Tuesday, May 20 at 12:30 & 7pm*
*The 7pm screening will be introduced by director and producer Mamadou Niang

Drum

Zola Maseko, 2004. Color. 104 min. With Taye Diggs, Moshidi Motshegwa, Gabriel Mann, Jason FlemyngIn English, Afrikaans & German

Drum depicts Sophiatown in the 1950s, a vibrant place full of music, love, and laughter; and the breeding ground for resistance. The film captures a period when a generation of courageous South African writers, critics, and musicians emerged, intermingling with Shebeen queens, and tsotsis (young gangsters). Taye Diggs anchors a commanding ensemble with his portrayal of legendary journalist Henry Nxumalo.
Tuesday, May 20 at 4 & 9pm



Godard 60's >>> May 2 - June 5

Film Forum 209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014
http://www.filmforum.org/films/godards60.html

Throughout the 1960s, cinephiles eagerly awaited the latest film — or two— by Jean-Luc Godard (born 1930). A founding father of the nouvelle vague, the former critic was its most innovative in form, with each new work seemingly rewriting the grammar of film. Jump cuts, asynchronous soundtracks, self-narration, cinema as essay, cinema as collage, self-referential cinema, cinema of anarchy — you name it, Godard’s 60s oeuvre redefined “cutting edge” — and, with location and available-light shooting, now provides a near-documentary time capsule of Paris and environs. Through JLG’s movies, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Anna Karina became New Wave icons, with the dark-eyed, appealingly vulnerable Karina doubling as the director’s muse through seven quintessential collaborations — and a four-year marriage. Forty years after the tumultuous events of May ’68, and blessed with 100% hindsight, one can almost see the chaos coming through the satire and social criticism in Godard’s chronicles of “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola.” His eventual ever-more outré stylistic leaps would leave even art house audiences behind, but for at least one pivotal decade, Godard was a seminal force in redrawing the map of film. “From Breathless through Weekend, Godard reinvented cinema. Not since D.W. Griffith was knocking out a weekly two-reeler at the Biograph studio on 14th Street had there been anything to equal it.” – J. Hoberman. “The most gifted younger directors and student filmmakers all over the world recognize his liberation of the movies; like James Joyce, he is both kinds of master — both innovator and artist. Godard has already imposed his way of seeing on us; we look at cities, at billboards and brand names, at a girl’s hair different because of him.” – Pauline Kael.

Special thanks to Jonathan Howell (New Yorker Films); Sarah Finklea, Brian Belovarac, Peter Becker, Fumiko Takagi, Kim Hendrickson (Janus Films); Adrienne Halpern, Eric Dibernardo (Rialto Pictures); Delphine Selles (French Ministry of Culture, New York); Suzanne Fedak, Richard Lorber, Jason Viteritti (Koch Lorber); Andrew Youdell, Fleur Buckley (British Film Institute); Stephen Moore (Paul Kohner Agency); Donald Westlake; Laurence Braunberger (Les Films du Jeudi); Frazer Pennebaker (Pennebaker Hegedus Films); agnès b., Chris Apple (agnès b.); Robin Klein, Michael Gochanour, Valerie Collin, Jody Klein (ABKCO); and Mim Scala (Cupid Films).




LA CHINOISE


When Godard's La Chinoise opened in New York on April 3, 1968, the film both anticipated and critiqued the student movements that would storm barricades in Paris and take over buildings at Columbia just a few weeks later. Upper-class Veronique (Anne Wiazemsky) searches for the theoretical justification for her militant urges. Her actor boyfriend Guillaume (Jean-Pierre Léaud) wants to imagine a place for his art in the new order. Together they move into a well-appointed Parisian apartment for the summer, arguing militant strategies with fellow radicals while each battles for his place in the group's shifting hierarchy. No other Godard film more successfully uses the director's Pop Art sensibility: Images, colors and slogans flash across the screen as his characters act out their imagined revolutionary roles, living their lives as if they were quotations. "The children of Marx and Coca-Cola," indeed!

Release: 1967, Runtime: 96

“The cinematic techniques Godard used to evoke radical youth culture seem years ahead of their time.”– Stephen Holden, The New York Times.

“Eerily prophetic and spectacularly stylized.” – Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer.

“Léaud looks young, Wiazemsky beautiful, and La
Chinoise, thank God, not a day past essential.” – Nathan Kosub, Reverse Shot


FRI 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30*, 9:40


UN FILM COMME LES AUTRES

In a meadow outside Paris after the events of May ‘68, Renault auto workers and students from Vincennes do a mass recap and try to look ahead, with scenes from “Ciné-tracts,” shot by Godard and others during the turbulence, intercut throughout. The first step of the Dziga Vertov Group’s “road to correct ideas.” For its NYFF premiere, Godard told the projectionist to determine the order of the reels by a coin toss. Digital projection.
1968. Approx. 111 min.

THU 9:30 ONLY


WEEKEND

Bourgeois slimeballs Jean Yanne and Mireille Darc wreck cars, battle with neighbors, and rip off gas stations en route to that weekend in the country. Mixing porno, slapstick, violence, political rhetoric, and virtuosic camerawork, an epic vision of the last throes of middle-class society and its car culture, with a pièce de resistance: the screen’s greatest traffic jam, Godard’s camera tracking along a hilarious succession of set piece tableaux for nearly a full reel. With Jean-Pierre Léaud as “Saint-Just.” 1967. Approx. 105 min.

"Nightmarishly funny... a mere description of the plot can't do justice to Godard's fractured narrative and sudden intrusions of nihilistic satire."- The Onion

“Godard seems to be tuned into the youthful frequency of the future. I felt the film unwinding with all the clattering contemporaneity of a tickertape, and the reading for Western Civilization was down, down, and out.”– Andrew Sarris

“This film has more depth than any of Godard's earlier work. It's his vision of Hell and it ranks with the greatest.” – Pauline Kael

“It is as though the violent quality of life had driven Godard into and through insanity, and he had caught it and turned it into one of the most important and difficult films he has ever made. The film must be seen, for its power, ambition, humor, and scenes of really astonishing beauty. There are absurdist characters from Lewis Carroll, from Fellini, from La Chinoise, from Buñuel. It is an appalling comedy. It is hard to take. There is nothing like it at all.” – Renata Adler, The New York Times


SAT/SUN 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 MON 1:00, 3:10, 5:20


A MARRIED WOMAN

Twenty-four hours in the life of Macha Méril, as she leaves lover Philippe Leroy to meet husband Bernard Noël. Subtitled ‘Fragments of a film shot in 1964’, with detached love scenes underscored with Beethoven; interviews titled Memory, the Present, Intelligence, etc.; quotations from Céline and Racine; and Méril on the receiving end of the already-overwhelming barrage of advertising — at one point double-checking her bust size against the ideal. Digital projection.

1964. Approx. 95 min.

“Firmly established Godard as a politically and socially engaged artist. It placed Godard fully within his times and put his times clearly on his side. It also established the tonality for his work to come, both it its forthright assertion of the cinema as an analytical instrument and in its unique permeability to the events, moods, and ideas of the day.”– Richard Brody

“His best work since Breathless…Godard has made the bedroom scenes genuinely sexual and humanly genuine. The over-all effect is of a lonely loveliness.”– Stanley Kauffman

“One of Godard’s most sociological films, as well as one of his most formally accomplished.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum


MON 7:30, 9:40


LE GAI SAVOIR

“We must start again from zero.” “No, we must first go back to zero.” The beginning of Godard’s farewell to narrative, with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Juliet Berto meeting after hours in a TV studio to embark on seven dialogues on the relationship between politics and film, with street scenes occasionally intercut.

1969. Approx. 95 min. Digital projection.

“It was not going to be possible to make the new cinema by using the language of the old. Having returned to zero, Godard had to start over again. Le Gai Savoir is the first step.” – James Monaco, The Movie Guide

“One of Godard's most beautiful, most visually lucid movies, even when the screen goes completely black and the whispered dialogue is translated in hypnotically white subtitles.”– Vincent Canby


TUE 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30


ALPHAVILLE & Charlotte et Véronique

A trip into the future with erstwhile B movie hero Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) trekking through space to track down Professor “von Braun,” aided by prof’s daughter Anna Karina, squaring off in a final showdown with the Alpha 60 computer. Plus short Charlotte et Véronique (aka All The Boys Are Called Patrick, 1958): “A profusion of winks and nods to initiates . . . The principal mode of expression is in the collection of fetish objects it depicts.” – Richard Brody.

1965. 115 min.

“One of Godard’s most sheerly enjoyable movies, a dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction. Not the least astonishing thing is the way Coutard’s camera turns contemporary Paris into a icily dehumanized city of the future.”– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)

“It is difficult to think of any parallel work which so successfully shows the future in the present, and which can sustain viewings forty years after it was made.”– Colin MacCabe

“A science fiction film without special affects. Shifts in tone from satirically tongue-in-cheek futurism, to a parody of private-eye mannerisms, to a wildly romantic allegory depicting a computer-controlled society at war with artists, thinkers, and lovers.”– Andrew Sarris


WED 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00


MADE IN U.S.A.

Trench-coated Anna Karina arrives in Atlantic City (apparently a provincial French town) to track down boyfriend Richard Widmark (a character, not the actor), only to find... And then the bodies start dropping, amid encounters with gangster M. Typhus, his nephew David Goodis (a character, not the Shoot the Piano Player author), Goodis’s singing Japanese girlfriend, and a reel-long Hegelian bar bull session. A (very) metaphorical treatment of the murders of JFK and Ben Barka.. . and Godard’s Karina swan song. With Marianne Faithfull and Jean-Pierre Léaud as Donald Siegel (the character, not the Dirty Harry director).

1966. Digital projection. Approx. 90 min.

“Offers the cinema after Pierrot le Fou what Finnegans Wake gave to the novel after Ulysses.” – Michel Capdenac, Les Lettres francaises

“Demonstrates the complete inability of the form to deal with the reality of politics which eludes the easy solutions of the thriller genre. An almost unconscious farewell to Anna Karina.”– Colin MacCabe

“The film’s visual raison d’etre is the extraordinary number and duration of close-ups of Anna Karina. The close-ups are the most expressive ones in color that Godard has made to date.” – Richard Brody


THU 7:30, 9:30


BAND OF OUTSIDERS

“All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.” – Godard. In the dreary suburb of Joinville, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey (“Belmondo’s suburban cousins” – JLG), and mutual girlfriend Anna Karina, horse around with the idea of burglarizing the villa where she’s staying, but then things go memorably awry. A jeu d’esprit, with set pieces including the trio dancing “Le Madison” (“Probably the singled most imitated sequence in art films.” – Phillip Lopate, NY Times) and then “doing” the Louvre in record time.

1964. Approx. 97 min.

“A reverie of a gangster movie…Godard re-creates the gangsters and the moll as people in a Paris café, mixing them with Rimbaud, Kafka, Alice in Wonderland. This lyrical tragicomedy is perhaps Godard’s most delicately charming film.”– Pauline Kael

“Godard’s band of outsiders are the Beautiful and Damned, whose grace and flair can dance into folly and explode into fatality. Transcendent…crisp editing, fine on-location photography and endless invention.” – Time magazine

“A joy ride done strictly for the fun of it. A giddy delight.” – New York Daily News

“Godard at his most off-the-cuff takes a série noire and spins a fast and loose tale. One of his most open and enjoyable films.”–Time Out (London)

"[There is] beauty and otherworldliness in its every shade of grey... Along with Raoul Coutard's radiant cinematography, what makes the film extraordinary is Karina, the pure curves of her face a contradiction to the marionette angularity of her body."– The Village Voice.

“About the tyranny of living a life of movie-fed fantasies, and while it makes us see the poverty of those fantasies, it also makes them unaccountably rich, poetic, sad.” – Charles Taylor, Salon.

“The audience, thrust out of its dream by Godard’s Brechtian alienation devices, is also flattered into becoming collaborators in the filmmaking process.”– Phillip Lopate, The New York Times.


THU 1:30, 3:30, 5:30



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24 PREQUEL MOVIE IN NOV


24 Preview:





According to a report in
TV Guide, there is an announcement by executive producer Howard Gordon that on November 23, Fox will broadcast a two hour prequel to Day 7 (aka Season 7) of 24. Jack tackles an international crisis that takes place at least partially (on location) in South Africa.

No sign of this announcement on the
official 24 site yet. Give TV Guide kudos for the scoop!

Here is some more news, this time from
24headquarters.com:

Official Season 7 Trailer Press Release:

24’S SEASON SEVEN CLOCK STARTS WITH WORLDWIDE SNEAK PEEK AT 24TRAILER.COM AND LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE THURSDAY, OCT. 25

Season Seven Premieres with a Special Two-Night Event Sunday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan. 14

As the clock ticks closer to 24’s highly anticipated return, a special, extended “Day 7” trailer will have its worldwide premiere Thursday, Oct. 25 (1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT) at www.24trailer.com and in New York’s Time Square on the iconic News Astrovision by Panasonic. The worldwide premiere will be seen concurrently around the globe at locations, via mobile and online in the U.K., Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. The countdown to the trailer’s debut begins today at www.24trailer.com. The first promo for the new season is also scheduled to air during Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday, Oct. 25 (8:00 PM-CC ET/5:00 PM-CC PT) on FOX.

The innovative, addictive, Emmy Award-winning television series 24 resets the clock for “Day 7” with a special two-night premiere event beginning Sunday, Jan. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and continuing in the series’ regular time period Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The season will unfold without repeats, airing all originals through the season finale in June.

Set in Washington, DC, “Day 7” opens with CTU dismantled and JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland) on trial. Bauer’s day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague TONY ALMEIDA (Carlos Bernard) returns. Meanwhile, President ALLISON TAYLOR (Cherry Jones) leads the country alongside White House Chief of Staff ETHAN KANIN (Bob Gunton) and First Gentleman HENRY TAYLOR (Colm Feore).

A national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents including Agent JANIS GOLD (Janeane Garofalo), Agent RENEE WALKER (Annie Wersching), Agent LARRY MOSS (Jeffrey Nordling), Agent SEAN HILLINGER (Rhys Coiro) and security specialist MICHAEL LATHAM (John Billingsley). Although CTU is no longer, CHLOE O’BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and BILL BUCHANAN (James Morrison) are back for another momentous day of shocking events.

As part of News Corp.’s global commitment to fighting climate change, 24 has pledged significant and innovative changes to its production practices with the goal of saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.

Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, 24 is a production of Real Time Productions and Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Manny Coto, David Fury, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer are the executive producers.



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Sunday, May 04, 2008

 

FOR TEENS: SHAKESPEARE LAB JR @ THE PUBLIC


Calling all New York City Teenagers!

Are you a New York City teenager who is interested in the arts, theater or poetry? Do you enjoy acting onstage and meeting new people? Are you looking for something fun and rewarding to do during your summer vacation?

How about a FREE SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP in the heart of the East Village!

If you, or someone you know, is a teenager (ages 13-19) who lives in one of the Five Boroughs, then the
Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab Jr. program is right for you.

Located near Astor Place in the heart of the East Village, Shakespeare Lab Jr. is an intensive summer workshop program for highly motivated young people entering grades 9-12. Participants spend 5 action-packed days inside the world-famous Public Theater working with our energetic staff of professional teaching artists to engage in a unique and exciting exploration of history's most famous playwright—William Shakespeare.

Over the course of one full week, participants will gather inside the Public Theater's landmark building to:

EXPLORE Shakespeare's most powerful plays, plots, themes and characters;

PLAY theater games and interact with their peers in a safe environment;

LEARN acting, movement and voice skills;
WRITE and perform their very own sonnets!
Participants who complete the program will have the chance to:

PERFORM onstage at the Public Theater for family and friends!

JOIN Summer Shake Up: a special one-day event at the famous Delacorte Theater in Central Park home of the world renowned "Shakespeare in the Park". Exclusive backstage tour of the theater, workshop with Public Theater Artists, and a free box lunch.

GET FREE TICKETS to see the Public Theater's highly anticipated production of Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park (participants get 2 free tickets without having to wait in line!)

PLUS a special NEW program: SUMMER SHAKEUP -- a special visit to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home of the world-famous "Shakespeare in the Park." Games, workshops, activities, a free lunch, and a chance to act on one of the most important Shakespeare stages in the world.

Shakespeare Lab Jr. is FREE, and is open to students in New York City. Workshops take place August 11-15 and August 18-22, Monday through Friday. Participants may choose between a morning session (9:30-1:30pm) and an afternoon session (2:30-6:30pm).

Register ONLINE Today!

If you are registering a GROUP —
CLICK HERE.

If you are registering as an individual —
CLICK HERE.

"I am much more confident about my speaking now and this will definitely help me out when I speak and present projects" -Ohahida Arabi, Shakespeare Lab Jr. participant

"What I liked most about the workshop is how you were able to meet new people and interact in a safe environment, learning Shakespeare in a fun way." -Kelsey Knutsen, Shakespeare Lab Jr. participant

"This workshop gave (my daughter) the confidence she needed to tackle Shakespeare!" -parent of participant, Sarah Gaines

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