Romania’s ‘4 Months’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu poses with the Palme d'Or for his film 4 Luni, 3 Saptamini Si 2 Zile.

Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," a stark, trenchant drama about a woman's experiences receiving an abortion in the waning days of Romania's communist era, won the Palme d'Or at the 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Screened on the fest's first full day, "4 Months" is one of the few Cannes films in memory to have led wire-to-wire in critics' polls and come out on top on awards night Sunday. IFC bought the picture during the festival for
U.S. release.

(Source: Variety)

‘The Dark Knight’ to be shot with Imax cameras


Director Christopher Nolan has made an inventive decision to film four sequences of "The Dark Knight" with Imax cameras. The next installment of Warner Bros. Pictures' Batman franchise, which again will star Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, is scheduled for a July 18, 2008, day-and-date theatrical release with Imax theaters. 

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

A tale of two screenplays


THIS is a tale of two scripts, one that sold for a ton of money, one that remains twisting in the wind. Both are beautifully written, but in
Hollywood, while scripts are prized for great writing, they must also give a studio chief enough ammunition to comfortably answer the question: If I spend $100 million on this, will I be bankrolling a big hit, not a colossal failure?

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

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Third ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ movie marks digital cinema milestone

Digital cinema is on a roll as more theaters add digital projectors to their screens. This weekend marks another milestone for digital projection as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End becomes the first motion picture to be released on over 1,000 digital cinema screens.   "At World's End" will be the first feature to be released on more than 1,000 digital cinema screens domestically and will be the first movie to bow on more than 400 screens internationally, Buena Vista Pictures domestic distribution President Chuck Viane said. The competition for digital screens is heating up with over 3,000 screens in US cinemas alone. With the advent of 3-D cinema in the near future, digital projection is the smoking gun that theater owners will need to lure moviegoers back into theaters.

PREVIEW: Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in ‘The Golden Compass’


New Line Cinema is taking the plunge into fantasy territory with its newest fantasy epic The Golden Compass, due in theaters at the end of the year and starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Already drawing comparisons to the other New Line behemoth – The Lord of the Rings trilogy – The Golden Compass trailer was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival with much hoopla. The Golden Compass is also part of a trilogy called His Dark Materials in which New Line plans to roll out in the same way as it did with the LOTR trilogy.


The story, based on the Phillip Pullman novels delves into a parallel universe where a 12 year-old girl called Lyra enters a mysterious land in the Far North to save her best friend and gets possession of a particle that prophesizes to unite whole universes. Pretty heady stuff for a 12 year-old but it’s a fantasy journey that both children and adults will obviously partake in. The closest cousin of this type of film is The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where children enter a universe who fate lie in their hands.


The Golden Compass also stars Eva Green, Dakota Blue Richards and Sam Elliot and is directed by Chris Weitz (who left the project mid-shoot and then returned).  Famed playwright Tom Stoppard wrote the script which had Sam Mendes attached as director at one point. New Line has plowed a $150 million budget into The Golden Compass, ostensibly looking for a hit after some last few fallow years since the last LOTR film.  

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INTERVIEW: Christian Bale talks ‘The Dark Knight’, the sequel to ‘Batman Begins’


Shooting has already started for the The Dark Knight, the follow-up to Batman Begins. Shooting has occurred both in London and over several days in Chicago in late April where a small fire broke out during film in an old post office on the loop area. The production will return to Chicago in June to film for several months under the cover name of Rory’s First Kiss. The filming in Chicago is expected to bring $30 million in revenue for the city. 

Meanwhile, more names have joined the cast of The Dark Knight, which is set to be released in summer of 2008. Eric Roberts (enjoying a career resurgence on NBC’s Heroes) has joined the cast to play mafia boss Salvatore Maroni along with Nestor Carbonell, who plays one of the Others on ABC’s Lost. The cast already includes Maggie Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger (playing The Joker) as well as returnees Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. 

In this interview with Movies Online, Christian Bale doles out some bits of info on The Dark Knight and its filming.

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