Here’s lookin’ at you kid…

| o | - Charles Bronson in 1968's "Once Upon a Time in the West"

So Vulture just shared this fun little video from youtube user .

It’s just a big mental five-minute compilation of people looking at the camera.

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Ridley Scott + Cormac McCarthy + Pitt + Bardem + Fassbender + Jolie + Cruz = Success

| o | - Ridley Scott, fresh off directing 'Prometheus', will tackle Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'.

News this morning from The Hollywood Reporter that Penelope Cruz is the latest name to be circling Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Counselor. The film is most notable for featuring the first screenplay by acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy who illiterate cinephiles will know from writing the books that The Road and No Country for Old Men were based on.

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This is not a movie and this is not a film – A tale of two titles

This is not a movie, this is not a film

| o | - Title confusion alert

A quick thought.

Did the marketeers of these two releases with similarly beguiling titles – This Is Not a Movie (pictured above on the left) and This Is Not a Film (right) - sit down and plan this dual-assault that sees them both showing up on our radar at the same time?

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Cannes 2012′s leaked line-up V the real list

Cannes 2012 Legit

So earlier this morning the Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the slate of films that are showing at this year’s festival. You’ll find the lists and a nice analysis from the LA Times here.

Personally I’m most excited to see Killing me Softly in there, the film sees Brad Pitt reuniting with Andrew Dominik who worked with him on the criminally under-rated Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. 

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Nice work on the chin Anto

Fox Searchlight have posted this rather bizarre shot of Sir Anthony Hopkins as Sir Alfred Hitchcock. I dolled it up to make it look old to hide the low-res nature of the shot.

Kudos to the make-up people and fat-chin sculptors, but it’s all going to come down to how he waddles and tackles that London accent. “Dahn the Eust Und guvnah an’ awl tha”.

Anthony Hopkins tackles Alfred Hitchcock in Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock

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Michael Fassbender is an amazing robot

So we hate just re-posting stuff that the rest of the internet is covering but today we’re making an exception because i) our man of the year Michael Fassbender is involved, and ii) it’s to do with one of our most eagerly-anticipated films of the year Prometheus. Check out this new viral video “Happy Birthday David” below.

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A real handy-man

/film just highlighted this rather excellent documentary short Ryan Palmieri’s The Hands of Hollywood.

The true story of the meteoric rise and fall of Steve Hershon, Hollywood’s go to hand insert model.


“The Death Match” film controversy


| o | - The 1942 FC Start team who took part in "The Death Match"

It has emerged that the Ukrainian government has postponed the release of a film which recounts the story of the “The Death Match”. It fears the film will open old wounds and encourage hostility towards the many thousands of German fans who will be attending the Euro 2012 Championships to be held jointly with Poland this June.

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Triplehead 2 Go + Hitchcock = Art installation magic

This time-lapse composite of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 master-piece Rear Window is well-worth your time.

The video showed up online over a month ago but has only entered our consciousness in the last day.

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65th Cannes Film Festival “In competition” line-up leaked?

edit: There’s a certain amount of scepticism about this list’s legitimacy, with no official confirmation or denial coming from the powers that be in the Riviera. Feel free to take all this with a pinch of salt, but it just makes too much sense not to be the real thing. The official line-up announcement is still scheduled for April 19th.

edit 2: Justin Chang of Variety, a man has since tweeted that this is “obviously fake”. The internet at large is pointing the finger at the lack of Michael Haneke’s Amour and the “interesting” presence of the Monty Python documentary. Only a few weeks until we hear for sure, but there are always bizarre omissions and inclusions in their line-up, so this could be closer to the truth than you would initially suspect.

edit 3‘Leaked’ Cannes film festival list is false, says director (Tues April 3rd)

So Cannes’ “In competition” films have been revealed.

The entries were revealed on the official Cannes site and hastily removed (I feel for the web guy who will probably be sacked for the blunder), but not before being logged by the internet’s magical troops, in this case French blog You can read their story here (in French), but for now feast your eyes on the list of 24 films sure to have us all talking in six weeks time… Read More

The indie sleeper hit of the summer now has a trailer

So we included Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed in our Sundance 2012 preview, and after building a lot of positive buzz at the festival we finally got a trailer yesterday.

Indiewire calls the clip endearing, and I have to agree but have to say it looks like so much more too. A smart, funny and well-thought-out film is always damn hard to find during the sunny months, so this will be very welcome when it hits North American cinemas on June 8th. I imagine a European release will follow at the tail-end of the summer.

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David Lynch’s daughter seems a bit mad

So Toronto’s Hot Docs festival runs next month from April 26th to May 6th. It’s the world’s leading documentary festival and I’m still trawling through the extensive program working out what looks worthwhile.

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Man-child and sad man to make Mad Men man’s movie

Sad to think that Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson haven’t appeared on-screen together yet. Two of cinema’s most-likeable souls kept apart by the powers that be.

But not for long!

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District 9 – Send in the Clowns

Commiserations to Ireland’s own Andrew Norton for his “Done in 60 Seconds” take on District 9.

The “Done in 60 seconds” competition is run by Jameson in association with some film magazine called EMPIRE (I’d never heard of it either), where entrants must summit their interpretation of a film of their choosing lasting no longer than 60 seconds. All entrants were whittled down to a final 5 where Andrew found himself in competition with Chile, Bulgaria, the UK and Kazakhstan.

The winning entry came from Kazakhstan’s Indira Suleimenova and her version of Black Swan. You can see the winning video below and find out more about Andrew and the other finalists here.

Better luck next time Andrew but at least the Brits didn’t win this one!

isense a scam

| o | - The six-screen, 1,011-seat Odeon at the Point Village will open this Tuesday.

Roll up roll up, there’s a new cinema in town and it wants a piece of the pie.

ODEON is to open at the Point Village this coming Tuesday March 27th as Harry Crosbie’s bid to take over the quays continues. The cinema boasts 6 screens and something called “isense” – and no that’s not IMAX unfortunately, something which the capital is still missing. Apparently it means bigger sound, picture blah blah blah. I thought initially it might have been some sort of “people throw shit at you during the film” vibe which could make classics like The Exorcist all the more visceral.

Pricing seems standard with deals of all films €6 before 1pm. But with so many cinemas in the city vying for people’s hard-earned cash you wonder if such a venture will really take off. They charge more for this isense business too and they also have premier seats which usually means they charge you a couple of euro extra for 2 inches more leg room. Clearly one of the features of the cinema will be premiere screenings. Harry no doubt has his eye on O’Connell Street’s Savoy and wants to turn the point into a Leicester Square type venue for the cinema glitterati.

I’ll reserve judgement until it opens and no doubt it’ll be shiny and new but with its location and no sign of loyalty deals I’ll be hard pressed to abandon Cineworld. You can poke around the site here…

Obama “Hope” poster designer helping to bring Orwell’s 1984 back to the big screen

George Orwell's 1984 will return

As a child I always thought that when people talked about how amazing 1984 was, it was because it was the year that I was born. In the years since then I’ve realised that this is not the case. It’s because some bloke called George Orwell decided to set one of the twentieth century’s seminal pieces of literature (or so they say – I’ve mentioned before about my illiteracy) in that year.

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Star Wars Minimalism

Minimalist Star Wars poster designs from Carlow-based designer Keith Bogan

Hats off to the Carlow based designer Keith Bogan for his nifty minimalist Star Wars posters and tees (check them out on

My favourite has to be “That’s No Moon”. One wonders if other classics will surface – “It’s a Trap” etc.

Thankfully no sign of Jar Jar though.

Bootleggin’ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD

Sony’s new disc design is a nice tip of the hat to Lisbeth Salander and her piratin’ hackin’ ways.

| o | - The retail version of new The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD

We’ve talked about the pre-release marketing of David Fincher’s film before and we also reviewed the finished film. Nice to see them following through the campaign right up to it’s DVD and Blu-ray release.

More on The Telegraph.

[via @tonyreilly]

A film about a chair. Narrated by James Franco.

Charles and Ray Eames

Last night I saw the trailer for the Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey documentary Eames: The Architect & The Painter which showed up on PBS and in selected cinemas in the U.S. at the tail end of last year. I’d read a bit about it then but the opportunity to see it never arose and I forgot about it. Which happens, us Spoooolers are human too.

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Move over Fassbender! Ciarán Hinds may be Ireland’s new king of ubiquity.

| o | - Ciarán Hinds - Omnipresent.

I’ve been a really big fan of Ciarán Hinds since seeing him for the first time in Stephen Spielberg’s Munich in 2005. Since then he’s rocked my world in There will be Blood, Margot at the Wedding, The Debt, Harry Potter 7.5 and The Gate Theatre’s 2009 adaptation of The Birds. He’s well able to lead the line but also has that Steve Buscemi-like knack of adding something special with a supporting role.

But as I was watching John Carter earlier this week I realised the man needs to be careful as he is treading on another thespian’s toes. The other man is Spooool’s 2011 Man of the Year, Michael Fassbender.

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