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Thursday, January 24, 2013
TWO NEW 'PASSION' STILLS
COURTESY OF THE ARP SELECTION WEBSITE


The two pictures above appeared on the ARP Selection website, along with other pics we've seen previously.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


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'PASSION' GETS BELGIUM PREMIERE AT FEB FILM CLUB
AND YET ANOTHER POSITIVE FRENCH REVIEW OF DE PALMA'S LATEST
The Genres Next Door monthly film club presents a premiere in Brussels, Belgium, of Brian De Palma's Passion on February 7. According to its website, Genres Next Door's monthly film club projects films that explore different sexualities and minority lifestyles through films that would otherwise see little or no distribution in Belgium. Tweets from Dutch journalists indicate that De Palma has been doing more interviews ahead of the premieres in Belgium and France (Feb. 13). Lindsey of Rachel McAdams Online tells us that Algemeen Dagblad is one of the biggest Dutch journalists. His tweet, according to Lindsey, says that he has finished writing up his interview with De Palma, and that he hopes that Passion will make it to Dutch theaters, which is not the case in all countries. "Unjustified!" he writes. And if you speak Dutch, you can listen to (and understand) an interview with Ghent Film Festival director Patrick Duynslaegher, discussing De Palma, at Radio 1. (Big thanks to Lindsey for steering us in the right direction on that, too!)

"DE PALMA AT THE TOP OF HIS ART"
Meanwhile, Avoir-Alire's Kevin Bertrand posted a review of Passion yesterday, stating that "after five years of absence, Brian De Palma returns to top form." Bertrand likes that De Palma added his own twist to the Alain Corneau source material, and feels that making the two protagonists closer in age makes the erotic power plays involved in the story more credible. "Just like his characters," writes Bertrand, "Brian De Palma takes pleasure in manipulating his world, multiplying twists, blurring the boundaries between dream and reality to lose the viewer in a con game to the diabolically black conclusion."

Posted by Geoff at 12:47 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:48 PM CST
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Monday, January 21, 2013
'STOKER' AT SUNDANCE
WELLS: "BIGGEST 'LOOK AT HOW I CAN OUT-DEPALMA AT HIS MOST OPERATIC' MOVIE"


Chan-wook Park's thriller Stoker had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last night, and a couple of early reactions brought Brian De Palma into the discussion. The tweet above pairs Stoker with De Palma's latest, while Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells felt that Chan-wook tries to outdo De Palma. Wells posted, "I've just walked out of Park Chan-Wook's Stoker...nope. It's the biggest 'look at how I can out-DePalma at his most operatic!' show-off movie I've seen in a long, long time. Everything is visual candy to this guy, and sensible human behavior and story logic can go eff themselves because PCW doesn't give a damn...whooooo!"

A couple of positive reviews have been posted early by HitFix's Drew McWeeny and Fangoria's Ken Hanley. "Stoker prides itself on not being a conventional genre picture by any means," states Hanley, "but the hypnotic rhythm in which the film unfolds will undoubtedly keep any audience transfixed."

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Saturday, January 19, 2013
BIG DE PALMA CAREER INTERVIEW, 'PASSION', 'CARRIE'
ALSO DONAGGIO, PJ SOLES, WILLIAM KATT, & MORE IN NEXT MONTH'S ISSUE OF FANGORIA
Fangoria has posted a preview of the cover and contents of next month's issue, with a big cover story on Brian De Palma. Here are a few highlights listed from the upcoming issue:

INTERVIEW: BRIAN DE PALMA From “Sisters” to “Carrie” to the new “Passion,” he’s been thrilling us in the most stylish ways. Plus: horrific highlights from decades of De Palma.

FEATURE: THE “PASSION” MASK How to make a face that suits two of the screen scene’s most accomplished actresses.

INTERVIEW: P.J. SOLES She turned a small part in “Carrie” into a memorable mean girl. Plus: Pino Donaggio and William Katt on making beautiful music with Carrie.

PREVIEW: “CARRIE” She’s headed for the prom again this year, and director Kimberly Peirce is chaperoning.

FIRST RITES “Carrie” on through the changes


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Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013 1:32 AM CST
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Friday, January 18, 2013



In English:
"# Passion film, new # DePalma, sophisticated remake of Love Crime or how to make a good movie from a bad one"

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Updated: Friday, January 18, 2013 6:26 PM CST
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
DE PALMA, PACINO, & 'COP-OUT' IN 1970
AND AUDIO SNIPPET FROM DE PALMA INTERVIEW IN 2002
Thanks to Greg Srisavasdi at Hollywood Outbreak for reminding us that, back in 1997, Al Pacino had been in talks for the part of Kevin Dunn in Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes. Pacino eventually turned it down, and Gary Sinise ended up taking on the role opposite Nicolas Cage (Will Smith had also flirted with that project). But there is another little-known project that De Palma and Pacino had tried to put together way before Scarface.

In the book Brian De Palma: Conversations with Samuel Blumenfeld and Laurent Vachaud, De Palma says that back in 1970, he and Pacino attempted to mount a film version of John Guare's short play Cop-Out, which had a high-profile opening on Broadway in April of 1969, but only ran 8 performances. De Palma said in the book that they tried to set up the film with Warner Bros., where De Palma made Get To Know Your Rabbit that same year, following his independently-made Hi, Mom!.

Guare's Cop-Out is a surreal play in which two policemen, one in uniform and one in plainclothes, are played by the same actor, who interchanges (amidst stage blackouts and musical cues) between the two counterpoints of straight-laced police work (the stuttering uniformed one) and noirish absurd fantasies (the smooth and cocky plainclothes one). Each man interacts with a woman, the only other performer in the piece, and she alternates along with him. At one point, the plainclothes cop is drawn into an avant-garde play (a play-within-the play) which finds him under the covers, servicing Marilyn Monroe under the guise of several U.S. presidents, from Washington to Lincoln to Roosevelt, etc. The actor pops up from under the covers to deliver each president's gag-line as Groucho Marx might (complete with cigar), singing crude songs, etc.

The driving "plot" of the play is a whodunnit detective story, with a marked contrast between the cops who, played by the same actor, seem like two sides of the same personality. This aspect, of course, would have fit right in with the types of films De Palma would go on to make throughout his career, and it seems likely he might have envisioned some sort of split-screen for the film version, having just finished the split-screen Dionysus In '69. It certainly would have been an interesting film.

DE PALMA AUDIO SNIPPET
While you're at the Hollywood Outbreak link, check out Srisavasdi's snippet of audio from an interview he did with De Palma for Femme Fatale a little over a decade ago, in which the director talks about leaving enough room in a screenplay to allow for visual design. Great stuff!


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Updated: Friday, January 18, 2013 12:33 AM CST
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