Peter Bart: The Backlot
John Malkovich's directing debut, "The Dancer Upstairs" with Javier Bardem, has been pulled at the last minute from the Berlin Fest's Panorama sidebar for independent and arthouse films.
Benelux distributor A-Film has closed a deal with the U.K.'s Capitol Films for three Woody Allen pics: "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," "Hollywood Ending" and another, yet to be titled film.
Actress Nathalie Baye will preside over this year's Cesar awards, France's equivalent to the Oscars, to be held March 2.
Weekend auds were split between battles and bathos. Sony/Revolution Studios' heroic military tale "Black Hawk Down" flew to its second straight weekend box office victory with an estimated $18.2…
"Stone Reader" is a debut of enormous craft, surety and resourcefulness --- a superlative, soul-baring non-fiction work that will generate torrential word-of-mouth among auds lucky enough to catch it.
"Closely Watched Trains" meets Jacques Demy in Filip Renc's jaw-droppingly buoyant "Rebels," which posits a retro, candy-colored Czechoslovakia on the eve of the 1968 Soviet invasion. Pic combines…
Less an historical flashback than a present-tense valentine, vet docu team Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's "Only the Strong Survive" takes infectious delight in keeping company with Ann Peebles…
Polish-born, New York-based Przemyslaw Shemie Reut's challenging experimental drama "Paradox Lake" is a verite-style journey inside the complex world of autism, told through the experience of a…
If it falls short of doing for chopsocky cinema what "Airplane!" did for the formerly friendly skies, neither is Steve Oedekerk's "Kung Pow Enter the Fist" the unwatchable embarrassment Fox clearly…