'International' Agent

Add Comment on January 26, 2009 by Amy Nicholson

As Louis Salinger in The International, Clive Owen is a British agent who jets around the world with a gorgeous blonde on a mission to keep an evil global entity from destroying the planet to fatten their its bank accounts. The role sounds oddly close to the part many thought Owen was destined to play—that is, until , another blonde, Daniel Craig, was cast as James Bond. But Owen emphasizes qualities in his character that make him the opposite of Bond’s detached cool in a film that’s at once passionate and pessimistic about saving the world.

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UPDATED: Final Sundance Thoughts

Add Comment on January 25, 2009 by Ray Greene

UPDATED: The full list of winners (from sundance.org): 2009 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Lee Daniels, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire Audience Award: Dramatic: Lee Daniels, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic: Lone Scherfig, An Education Directing Award: U.S. Documentary - Natalia Almada, El General Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic - Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sin Nombre World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary - Havana Marking, Afghan Star

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Directing 'Defiance'

Add Comment on January 23, 2009 by Marco Cerritos

“The Oscars were invented to sell movies.” That’s the way director Edward Zwick sees the annual awards show, but he doesn't necessarily consider that to be bad thing. Primarily known for his epic films Glory, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond, Zwick recently made a stop in San Francisco to promote Defiance, an epic story of a different sort. The film tells the true story of three Jewish brothers who escape the Nazis in Poland, banding together to save themselves and groups of refugees by creating a sanctuary in the forest.

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More Reviews

Add Comment on January 23, 2009 by BOXOFFICE Staff

UPDATED : Make sure to check out what Ray Greene and Cathleen Rountree had to say about the two most buzzed-about films at Sundance, Black Dynamite and An Education . From 1/21/09: B OXOFFICE's Ray Greene has delivered high praise to Spike Lee's Sundance entry, Passing Strange : Nothing at Sundance 2009 will be better than Spike Lee’s amazingly cinematic transcription of Passing Strange, the sensational Broadway musical by journeyman rock and cabaret artist Stew (leader of LA band The Negro Problem) about his own life and struggle for identity.

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Oscar Nominees Announced

Add Comment on January 22, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Despite being the second-highest grossing film of all time, The Dark Knight was not nominated for Best Picture Thursday morning. Overall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led with 13 nominations and Slumdog Millionaire was close behind with 10. Leading up to the nominations, many predicted that Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon and Slumdog would occ...

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Obama in Theatres

Add Comment on January 20, 2009 by Phil Contrino

On a moderately cold winter's morning, a medium-sized group of people found themselves huddled together outside of the Clearview Chelsea Movie Theater in New York City. The facial reactions of people passing by said one simple thing: "Why are they waiting outside of a movie theatre at 9:45 on a Tuesday morning?" The answer is that the inauguration of Barack Obama was scheduled to begin a live broadcast at 11 a.m. inside. After months of anticipation, and an incredibly heated election, an assorted group of political junkies (present company included) gathered together to watch history on a much larger screen than our living rooms would allow.

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Always Be Closing

Add Comment on January 20, 2009 by Ray Greene

UPDATED: As predicted here Humpday has been sold. The prize went to Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, though IFC and Roadside were thought to have made substantial offers too. In the strange terms of the deal, Humpday will be made available as a video on demand before getting its theatrical run. Go figure! From January 19: Some high-profile sales action has provided fresh oxygen into the thin acquisitions air at Sundance 2009.

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