THE ARTIST Takes Homes Seven BAFTAs Including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor

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I’m really hoping for some surprises on Oscar night if only to make things interesting, but it’s looking less likely every day. Last night The Artist nearly swept the British Academy Film Awards (essentially the British Oscars), taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Meryl Streep was named Best Actress for The Iron Lady, while Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actress and Actor. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wasn’t sent home empty-handed, as the spy thriller won Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. I was happy to see Senna get some well-deserved recognition, as the Formula 1 doc chronicling the life of driver Ayrton Senna was named Best Documentary.

While George Clooney seemed the favorite in the Best Actor Oscar race for his magnificent turn in The Descendants, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin could easily prove the spoiler. With the SAG Award in hand and now the BAFTA, the French comedian may very well step up to the podium come Oscar night. Hit the jump to see the full list of BAFTA winners. The Academy Awards will be handed out on February 26th.

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN Review

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[This is a re-print of my review that ran during the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens today in limited release.]

Never doubt Pedro Almodóvar. He may not deliver a movie you like, but it will probably be a movie unlike any you’ve seen that year. With his latest film, The Skin I Live In, he slow plays the audience. He introduces a slightly off-kilter world, but you can wrap your mind around it. When the film gets melodramatic, you’re slightly amused but you know that Almodóvar is no stranger to that tone. Then the movie gets a little slow, a little redundant, and dare I say a little pedestrian. And then The Skin I Live In starts building to something. You tell yourself…”No…that’s not going to happen. That’s too fucking crazy. He wouldn’t—” and then the film hits you with a twist that’s narratively sound, thematically fitting, and will leave you picking your exploded brain off the floor.

Elena Anaya Interview THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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In the Pedro Almodovar film The Skin I Live In, Vera (Elena Anaya) is forced to go on a journey as the human guinea pig for an obsessive doctor. Ever since the horrific death of his wife, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a distinguished plastic surgeon with no scruples, has been interested in creating a new skin that could have been used to save her. Although she has had to shed her own skin, in favor of study and experimentation, Vera has managed to retain her identity and soul, though it all.

At the film’s press day, Spanish actress Elena Anaya spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her reaction to learning Pedro Almodovar had written the role for her, what it was like to play a character with such a huge determination to live, how the body suits and mask that she had to wear only added to her performance, working with such a great cast, and just waiting to see what the future brings for her career. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Antonio Banderas Talks THE SKIN I LIVE IN and PUSS IN BOOTS

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From Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, The Skin I Live In is a story of extreme revenge. Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, eminent plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) has been obsessed with creating a new skin that could have saved her. After years of study and experimentation, he needs a human guinea pig – one whom no one will miss.

At the film’s press day, actor Antonio Banderas spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about the genesis of this project, what it was like to reunite with Pedro Almodovar after more than 20 years since their last film together, what it was like to play such a cold and emotionless psychopath, and working on set with such an oppressive mood, in telling this very layered and complex story. He also talked about getting to explore his lighter side for Puss in Boots, and how he hopes his bad boy cat gets a franchise of his own. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TIFF 2011: THE SKIN I LIVE IN Review

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Never doubt Pedro Almodóvar.  He may not deliver a movie you like, but it will probably be a movie unlike any you’ve seen that year.  With his latest film, The Skin I Live In, he slow plays the audience. He introduces a slightly off-kilter world, but you can wrap your mind around it.  When the film gets melodramatic, you’re slightly amused but you know that Almodóvar is no stranger to that tone.  Then the movie gets a little slow, a little redundant, and dare I say a little pedestrian.  And then The Skin I Live In starts building to something.  You tell yourself…”No…that’s not going to happen.  That’s too fucking crazy.  He wouldn’t—” and then the film hits you with a twist that’s narratively sound, thematically fitting, and will leave you picking your exploded brain off the floor.

New Trailer and Poster for Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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A new trailer for Pedro Almodovar’s latest effort The Skin I Live In has been released, and I still have no idea what’s going on. The new trailer is fairly similar to the last one we saw back in June, but adds a few new clips as well as a bit of context/exposition (but just barely). The film centers on a plastic surgeon who imprisons and torments his partner in his basement while plotting his revenge against the man who raped his daughter. Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya star as the surgeon and partner, respectively. Almodovar is an interesting director, but this movie looks straight up surreal.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film will be screening at the Toronto Film Festival as well as the New York Film Festival this fall. The Skin I Live In opens October 14.

Line-Up Announced for New York Film Festival; Features CARNAGE, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, and THE DESCENDANTS

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This year’s festival season continues to take shape as the full line-up for the 2011 New York Film Festival has been revealed.  Roman Polanski’s Carnage will open the festival, Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn will be the “Centerpiece Gala Section”, there will be special gala presentations of David Croneneberg’s A Dangerous Method and Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants will close out the festival.  Other noteworthy films playing are the Cannes’ sensations The Artist and Melancholia, the hit Sundance films Marcy Martha May Marlene, Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Abel Ferrara’s 4:44: Last Day on Earth, and Wim Wenders’ 3D film Pina.

Hit the jump for the full line up.  The New York Film Festival runs from September 30 – October 16th.

Galas and Special Presentations for 2011 Toronto Film Festival Announced; BUTTER, MONEYBALL, RAMPART, THE DESCENDANTS, and More to Debut

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In my article yesterday about the Venice Film Festival, I made some predictions on which films would make their world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and not Venice.  It turns out a few of my guesses were only the tip of the iceberg.  Moneyball, 50/50, and The Descendants are all going to premiere at TIFF.  But my lord, does Toronto have an incredible line-up this year.  I’m praying my application gets approved because when you hit the jump and check out this line-up, you’ll understand my agony if I’m stuck in Atlanta while these films are premiering.

Hit the jump for the line-up of Galas and Premieres for this year’s festival.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th – 18th.

Release Dates for MARGIN CALL, TAKE SHELTER, THE SKIN I LIVE IN and SLEEPING BEAUTY

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We’ve got some release date news for you this afternoon. First up, a couple of movies that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been slated. The financial crisis-centered drama Margin Call is now set for an October 21st, 2011 release (via Box Office Mojo). The film stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci. Additionally, Jeff Nichols’ intense psychological drama Take Shelter is set for a limited release on September 30th (via The Playlist) before going wide on October 7th. Starring Michael Shannon, the film generated a good amount of buzz at Sundance.

The release date for Pedro Alomodovar’s next film The Skin I Live In has been shifted from October 7th to October 14th. Based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel Tarantula, the film stars Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeron out for revenge on the man who raped his daughter. Finally, IFC Films will release Julia Leigh’s dark psychosexual drama Sleeping Beauty on October 28th (via The Playlist). The film stars Emily Browning and was an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival.

New Trailer for Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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Pedro Almodovar can usually be counted on for odd movies that feel outside of the box, but his latest film The Skin I Live In looks like it could reach previously unattained weirdo heights for the director. The film premiered at Cannes last month and is already set for a fall release stateside, so pre-release footage of the surreal Antonio Banderas-starred plastic surgery thriller has been gradually finding its way to the internet over the last few weeks.

Today a new trailer has been released that promises even more vibrant cinematography and body-stocking clad fight scenes than ever before. Even viewed in this electric guitar-backed 60-second clip, The Skin I Live In doesn’t look like anything the director has attempted before or like any other movie coming out in the next few months. Hit the jump to this new trailer in all its kinky glory.

Teaser Trailer for Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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The Skin I Live In, the latest from writer/director Pedro Almodovar, is going to be weeeeeird.  I suppose we knew this from the logline: while plotting his revenge against the man who raped his daughter, a plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) imprisons and torments his partner (Elena Anaya) in an operating theater in his basement.  The new teaser trailer drives the point home, packing plenty of disturb into thirty seconds.  The Skin I Live In will premiere later this month at the Cannes Film Festival — where prior Almodovar movies All About My Mother and Volver have won awards — before a theatrical release in November.

Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo, Blanca Suárez, Eduard Fernández, José Luis Gómez, Bárbara Lennie, Susi Sánchez, Fernando Cayo, and Teresa Manresa also star in the film, based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Release Dates for Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN and TAKE SHELTER Starring Michael Shannon

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The release dates for a couple of Sony Pictures Classics flicks are now known. Director Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In is set to be released in the US in November, with a UK release date of August 26th. The film, an adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s novel Tarantula, stars Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeron out for revenge on the man who raped his daughter.

Additionally, Jeff Nichols’ Sundance hit Take Shelter is slated for an October 7th release. Starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, the thriller tells the story of a husband and father trying to figure out if his dreams of an apocalyptic storm are a sign of things to come or a result of his own mental illness. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis for both films.

Antonio Banderas to Star in Pedro Almodovar’s Next Film, THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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Antonio Banderas is now set to star in director Pedro Almodovar’s (Talk to Her, Volver) next film, La Piel que Habito (Spanish for The Skin I Live In).  THR reports that Banderas will team up with the famed Spanish director for the first time in 20 years to play “a plastic surgeon looking for revenge on the man who raped his daughter“

The film, which will shoot this summer in Spain, will be an adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s novel, Tarantula.  You can read the synopsis for the novel after the jump along with some quotes from Almodovar on the project and why we might be seeing some more collaborations between him and Penelope Cruz in the near future.

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