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What is this -- a naughty sex odyssey as absurdist art? Or a non-pc slice of sleazy art film exploitation? Either way it's a (minor) Polanski masterpiece of direction, influenced by the Italian setting. Is what turns Polanski on? The entire excercise is a Kafka comedy of erotic discomfort. What? Blu-ray Severin 1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Che? / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 29.95 Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome, Hugh Griffith, Guido Alberti, Gianfranco Piacentini, Romollo Valli. Cinematography Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini Production Design Aurelio Crugnola Film Editor Alastair McIntyre Original Music Claudio Gizzi Written by Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski Produced by Carlo Ponti Directed by Roman Polanski

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's a slippery slope, I tell you: art films are the gateway to surrealism, and surrealism connects straight to bondage and kinky costume play, which is a direct conduit either to Comic-Con or being forced to resign from the P.T.A.
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Academy Award Film Series: Bardem Fights for Right to Die in Amenábar's 'Sea'

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body,
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Season of Extremes Promised for Face Off Season 6 Tonight

Face Off is back tonight, and it hits the ground running. Last season’s Pros vs Rookies was a great theme and hard to beat, but we are promised that Season 6 will be a “season of extremes,” and I can’t wait. Tonight gets us off to a great start; wait until you see the wigs on the Foundation Challenge.

Though you’ll see the fabulous house in which they’re staying during the competition, all you’ll be hearing about is how great the house is. No strategizing, no trash talk. It’s a terrific, informative, inspiring competition show, and as I often say, the only one I follow.

Get a taste of all the tension and talent and the near-complete lack of whining and back-biting in the trailer and clip below:

Trailer: Face Off – Season 6

Clip: Face Off – Season 6: Episode 1

Syfy’s smash hit and acclaimed unscripted series,
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31st Annual Genie Awards: Incendies Sets Genies Ablaze

While Denis Villeneuve's Incendies lost out in its Best Foreign Picture bid, but in what constitutes a nice consolation prize, the film picked up a total of eight awards, including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Direction, Adapted Screenplay (both going to Villeneuve), and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role which goes to versatile thesp Lubna Azabal at the Canadian Oscars otherwise known as The Genie Awards. The other big winner of the evening was Barney's Version -- it picked up seven awards (three in the acting departments and costume and make-up kudos). Xavier Dolan's sophomore film Heartbeats went zero for four - but that was to be expected when you measure it up to Incendies. This sunday are French Canada's Oscars (the Jutra awards) - and Villeneuve should will undoubtedly continue his winning streak. Here are all the winners/categories. Best Motion Picture: Incendies - Luc Déry,
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‘The King’s Speech’ Rules Over 2011 BAFTA Winners

While the biggest night in Hollywood for films is still 12 days away; across the pond the celebration for their biggest night of the industry was in full swing at the 2011 British Academy Film Awards hosted by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) on Sunday. In a show of patriotic pride, The King’s Speech swept the awards with a grand seven wins out of 14 nominations including Best Film and 3 of the 4 acting categories. Stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush won respectively for Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor. They beat out the likes of fellow Brit and Hollywood favourite Christian Bale for American film The Fighter, his previously Oscar nominated co-star Amy Adams and 127 Hours‘ James Franco.

Aside from the big winner of the evening, Inception was shut out of the major categories but won some technical awards such as Special Visual Effects. The Social Network
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Baftas Film Awards 2011 Winners

Full winners list is below for the Baftas 2011 arwards. The big winner of the night was 'The King's Speech' which took home both Best Film and Best British Film, as well as Best Actor for Colin Firth his second consecutive win following his performance in a 'A Single Man' last year and both Best Supporting awards.

Best Director went to David Fincher for 'The Social Network,' which also landed Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin's script and Best Editing, making it the runner-up with 'Inception' winning three prizes, for Best Sound, Best Production Design and Special Visual Effects.

Best Film:

Black Swan


The King’S Speech - Winner

The Social Network

True Grit

Outstanding British Film:

127 Hours

Another Year

Four Lions

The King’S Speech - Winner

Made In Dagenham

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer

The Arbor
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The King's Speech victorious at BAFTA's 64th British Academy Film Awards but David Fincher claims Best Director

The stars (well, some of them anyway) descended on the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden tonight for the biggest event in the British film calendar - BAFTA's 64th annual Orange British Academy Film Awards, which honoured outstanding cinematic achievement from 2010.

Historical drama The King's Speech led the way in terms of nominations with fourteen and was successful in seven categories, winning Best Film, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Outstanding British Film.

David Fincher collected the Best Director gong for The Social Network, which was also recognised with the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Inception won three awards (Sound, Production Design and Special Visual Effects) and Alice in Wonderland two (Make-up and Hair, Costume Design), while there were also honours for True Grit, Black Swan, Four Lions, Toy Story 3
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It’s BAFTA O’Clock!

It’s that time again – the British version of the Oscars, without any of the glamour or buzz. As is always the way with the British Academy Film and Television Awards, the local films have pretty much cleaned up. The only real surprises are the awards that The King’s Speech didn’t win. But here’s an interesting dilemma – traditionally, the British winners don’t have as much success at the Oscars. Will we see a major change in the results in a week or two?

Some results are a delight – in particular, Chris Morris winning a Baafat for a comedy about suicide bombers – but others are a mystery. Why in the hell is there a separate award for British films if the result is that same as the Best Film catagory?

Academy Fellowship Award

Sir Christopher Lee

Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema

The Harry Potter Film Series

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Triumphant "King's Speech" Tops BAFTA Awards! Check Out Full List of Winners!

As expected, Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the Orange British Film Awards winning seven BAFTAs including Best Film, Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush and Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

Natalie Portman took home the Leading Actress trophy for "Black Swan." Early awards season favorite, "The Social Network" won three BAFTAs including Best Director for David Finchers, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Editing for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter.

"Inception" also took home three trophies including Best Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.

Christopher Lee received the ighest accolade which the Academy can bestow, the Fellowship, while the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was given to Jk Rowling and David Heyman for the "Harry Potter" films.

Here's the complete list of the winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2011 Orange British Film Awards. Check out Awards Avenue for winners
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Another Big Night For "The King's Speech" at the BAFTA Awards

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It's good to be the King. And it's even better to be "The King's Speech" at the British Academy Film Awards, also known to people who don't like to type a lot as the BAFTAs. Continuing it's domination of awards season of late, "The King's Speech" was crowned with seven BAFTAs, including the awards for Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best British Film, and Best Film. Yes, it was the best film made in England or anywhere else in 2010.

Cult film fans were well represented at the BAFTAs this year, at least in the categories "The King's Speech" wasn't elligible for. Chris Morris' terrorist slapstick comedy "Four Lions" won Best Debut by a British Filmmaker, Tom Hardy from "Bronson" and "Inception" won the Rising Star Award, and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" won best Foreign Language Film.

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The BAFTA winners in full

Well, it all started so well, and then my BAFTA predictions well, didn’t really come to fruition. Anyway, we are pleased to announced that The King’s Speech and Colin Firth were the big winners on the night!!! Here’s the release:

The King’s Speech was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music, as well as a trio of performance awards for Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, who wins the Leading Actor BAFTA for the second year running.

Natalie Portman was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as Nina Sayers in Black Swan.

David Fincher won the Director award for The Social Network and Aaron Sorkin took home the BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Editing award.
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BAFTA Winners: ‘The King’s Speech’ Scores Big; David Fincher Wins Best Director

BAFTA Winners: ‘The King’s Speech’ Scores Big; David Fincher Wins Best Director
Tonight the award ceremony took place in London to honor recipients of the British Academy Film Awards, in a show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The BAFTA winners won't have any particular effect on the Oscar race, but the lineup for winners looks very much like that which has been ratified many times over by various film awards in the Us over the past few months, and which is likely to be set in stone by the Oscars. The basic breakdown is that The King's Speech was the big winner with seven awards in total, taking the Best Film and Outstanding British Film categories as well as acting nods for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. David Fincher won Best Director for The Social Network, and Inception took quite a few technical awards. All the details are after the break. There's not
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2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners

Much in the style of the English Armada, it was an evening of “Rule Britannia” as The King’S Speech won 7 BAFTAs at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday. The film took home awards for Best Film, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Original Music, and Outstanding British Film. At the box office, The King’S Speech came in No. 6 for the weekend, grossing an estimated $7.4 million from 2,263 screens for a domestic cume of $93.9 million in its 12th week in release according to THR. The full list of winners is below.

Thandie Newton, Jessica Alba, Kevin Spacey, Amy Adams and many other stars were greeted to the usual rainy red carpet as they arrived for the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House. For those of you not following on Twitter like we award season obsessivas, the BAFTA awards will air tonight at 8:00p.m.
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BAFTA Winners 2011

We know whose night has just begun and who’s going to celebrate all night long!

Tom Hooper’s King took almost everything (check out the list below if you don’t trust me), and when I say that I mean that the movie actually won half the 14 awards (or seven, if you prefer) it was up for, including Best Film, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush!

This royal drama also took best British Film, the first film to take both best film and best British film honors in decades.

Ok, what’s also interesting…hm, let me see. Tom Hardy, yes, Inception star was crowned as a big winner at the Ceremony!

In raking in the Rising Star honor, Mr Hardy ended up beating out fellow nominees including Gemma Arterton, Andrew Garfield, Aaron Johnson and Emma Stone.
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The 2011 BAFTA Awards Updated Live

The awards have begun – scroll down for all the updates.

The 64th British Academy Film Awards sponsored by Orange are getting underway in London tonight and we’ll be updating you live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden which plays host to the awards, as well as bringing you photos of the red carpet arrivals.

I’ll be updating you on each award as it is announced, let me know what you think in the comments below or by following us on Twitter at heyuguysblog, though we won’t be revealing who won on the twitter feed (for those waiting to play along at home – the BBC are showing the ceremony around 9), so keep hitting refresh to see all the updates right here.

Latest Update Here…

21.23 -Sir Christopher Lee’s gracious and warm acceptance speech is the perfect way to end the ceremony tonight. It was an
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If I were a betting man… our BAFTA predictions

So, this evening is a pretty big one for British film, and indeed international film as the BAFTA awards are dished out at the Royal Opera House in London. What follows is our predictions as to who we think will up there on the podium as winners this evening. I must repeat that this is who we think will win, not necessarily who Should win…

Now, I have omitted the two short film categories as I haven’t seen any of those movies, but I have listed my picks for the winners of everything else.

As you can see, a favourite to win in the main categories (in my mind) is Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Two reasons. Well, I think that his omission from the Academy Awards will go in his favour for the Best Director category, and I think that it will pick up some notable mentions in the technical categories.
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Seven teams announced for Make-up Bakeoff, three will go to Oscars

Fantastical technicolor makeup, lycanthropes, prison and cold stresses, aging makeups and more for this year's Academy makeup race, where an executive committee from the makeup branch has narrowed the list of contenders, many of whom are already Oscar and Emmy winners, to seven: Alice in Wonderland Valli O.Reilly Patty York Barney.s Version Adrien Morot The Fighter Donald Mowat Johnny Villanueva Jonah Hex Christien Tinsley True Grit Thomas Nellen The Way Back Edouard Henriques Greg Funk Yolanda Toussieng The Wolfman Rick Baker Dave Elsey The decisions will be
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Films Up for Consideration for Academy Award Nomination for Makeup

The "Bake Off" begins in the Makeup Category for the Oscar race. Former president of Mahs Local 706, Academy Governor Leonard Engelman spoke with Monsters and Critics and gave us the low down on the seven films in competition in the Makeup category for the 83rd Academy Awards. The films are: .Alice in Wonderland..Barney.s Version..The Fighter..Jonah Hex..True Grit..The Way Back..The Wolfman. Twice nominated for an Oscar, Edouard "Ed" F. Henriques is in the running for "The Way Back." Oscar nominated artist Christien Tinsley is up for "Jonah Hex." Then "Barney.s Version," starring Paul Giamatti, may see Adrien Morot up for a first-time Oscar nomination. Will this be a second Oscar for Valli O'Reilly, who did Dustin Hoffman's
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The Oscar Seven for Makeup, list for 83rd Academy Awards

The "Bake Off" begins in the Makeup Category for the Oscar race. Former president of Mahs Local 706, Academy Governor Leonard Engelman spoke with Monsters and Critics and gave us the low down on the seven films in competition in the Makeup category for the 83rd Academy Awards. The films are: .Alice in Wonderland..Barney.s Version..The Fighter..Jonah Hex..True Grit..The Way Back..The Wolfman. Twice nominated for an Oscar, Edouard "Ed" F. Henriques is in the running for "The Way Back." Oscar nominated artist Christien Tinsley is up for "Jonah Hex." Then "Barney.s Version," starring Paul Giamatti, may see Adrien Morot up for a first-time Oscar nomination. Will this be a second Oscar for Valli O'Reilly, who did Dustin Hoffman's
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Starry, starry night at post-Emmys Governors Ball

After being on his feet for three hours hosting the Emmy Awards, Jimmy Fallon couldn't sit down.He stayed upright accepting hugs and congratulations from a steady stream of well-wishers Sunday night at the post-show Governors Ball, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker."He did great," Fey said of her former co-star on "Saturday Night Live."The ball was the first stop on the night's party circuit for many guests, who walked from the Nokia Theatre across the street to the Los Angeles Convention Center.The football field-sized ballroom was decorated to the theme of "Starry, Starry Night," with thousands of tiny mirror balls dangling from the ceiling. A 565-pound disco ball encased in a glittering sun sculpture hung above the musicians, while giant glowing spheres representing each sign of the zodiac circled the dance floor.Tucked
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