Music not only serves as the subject but informs the very fabric of Not Fade Away, David Chase's savvy '60s-set feature film debut. Aided immeasurably by his keen ear for dialogue, Chase filters a suddenly tumultuous, transformative decade through the restrictive prism of conservative suburbia in this story of a New Jersey boy's coming of age, as political instability, class awareness and rock 'n' roll break in waves over the still-inchoate consciousness of several friends trying to form a band. Though starless, save for James Gandolfini's knockout supporting perf, this dynamic pic should resonate with auds countrywide upon its Dec. 21 release. more »
Ahem. So, if you could just take your eyes off Noomi Rapace's naked breasts for a damn second, I'd like to ask you a question. Is it me or is the Prometheus star a terrible dancer? Compelling actor, yes — with a face that demands my attention every time she's on screen. But check out that weird kind of heaving motion she makes when she's imitating Mick Jagger in Jonas Akerlund's music video for "Doom and Gloom." What the hell is that? more »
The lineup for the 56th BFI London Film Festival was unveiled Wednesday with 225 fiction and documentary features set for the event, including 14 World, 15 International and 34 European Premieres. The lineup also includes a gala for the world premiere of Crossfire Hurricane, a documentary celebrating 50 years of The Rolling Stones, who are expected to attend the event. As announced earlier, the European Premiere of Tim Burton's 3-D animation Frankenweenie will open LFF on October 10th. The festival will close withMike Newell's Great Expectations with Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.