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Friday, June 14, 2013
DE PALMA TO TALK 'PASSION' ON STAGE AUG. 19
AS PART OF LINCOLN CENTER'S 'SUMMER TALKS' SERIES IN NEW YORK
Brian De Palma will be on stage to discuss Passion and take questions from the audience during an hour-long event at 7pm Monday, August 19, at the Film Society Lincoln Center. The event is part of a series called "Summer Talks," an extension of the New York Film Festival Live talks that took place last fall. These events (including the De Palma one) are free and open to the public. The Lincoln Center website states, "Complimentary tickets will be available only at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit: One ticket per person." Video of each discussion will also be posted on the website (Filmlinc.com). Passion will open at Film Society on August 30.

"A salacious hit at the 50th New York Film Festival," reads the description at Filmlinc, "Brian De Palma's Passion is a film that is sure to have people talking. De Palma exhibits great panache and a diabolical mastery of frequent, small surprises in his most cinematically ingenious movie since his magical comedy-of-coincidences, Femme Fatale."

The rest of the description is similar to the one posted for the NYFF last year, but it's a fun description, so here it is: "With tongue planted in cheek—or maybe not, it’s up to you to decide—De Palma turns French director Alain Corneau’s 2010 film Love Crime into a droll, erotic tale of female competition. Noomi Rapace more than matches her performance in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the assistant to an unscrupulous advertising honcho (Rachel McAdams), who steals her ideas and acts as if it’s all good sport. It’s great fun until De Palma zeros in on the fury in Rapace’s eyes. The De Palma trademarks are all present and deployed with coolly calculated abandon: a brilliant use of split screen, a confusion of identical twins, dreams within dreams, and shoes to die for."


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Thursday, June 13, 2013
'PASSION' U.S. POSTER IS FINALLY HERE
AND A NEW "OFFICIAL" SYNOPSIS


Film.com today debuted the U.S. poster for Brian De Palma's Passion (above). "It’s been more than five years since Brian De Palma’s last film (Redacted)," states the article provided by the Film.com Staff, "but later this summer the master of the double-take returns with some vintage work, delivering a sexy and twisting psycho-thriller as only he can. Harkening back to the lusty Hitchcockian intrigue that informed early De Palma classics like Sisters and Body Double, his latest film, Passion – a title as blunt as it is deliciously enticing – is a seductively cutthroat tale about the perils of climbing up the corporate ladder (though, like all of De Palma’s best movies, it will inevitably be just as interested in its own internal logic). Starring Noomi Rapace in her most complex English-language part to date, and Rachel McAdams in a role that promises to make Regina George seem like a kitty cat in comparison, Passion will premiere on VOD on August 1st, followed by a theatrical release on August 30th."

The article also includes the film's "official synopsis": "Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed To Kill with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, image, envy and the dark, murderous side of PASSION. The film stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight In Paris, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat."

Later in the day, The Playlist shared the poster in an article with the headline, "U.S. Poster & Lots Of New Pics For Brian De Palma's 'Passion' Starring Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace." Aw, how cute that they think those are all "new" pictures that we haven't seen before, ha ha.

Meanwhile, The Dissolve's Scott Tobias was so depressed about the "deflating" new poster for Passion that he posted a Tumblr exploring "posters unworthy of Brian De Palma." The depressingly Photoshopped U.S. poster for De Palma's Femme Fatale is included, as is the spark of life provided by the Criterion covers for Sisters and, magnificently, Blow Out.


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Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
NORWEGIAN SITE'S 'PASSION' DVD CONTEST
NAME THE DE PALMA FILM FROM SELECTED IMAGES


Above is a split-screen image from Brian De Palma's Passion that appeared with a DVD contest article posted today at Montages. "Brian De Palma is one of the idols here at Montages," the article states, "but nowadays he's unfortunately relegated to the video shelves. Neither Femme Fatale or Redacted got a theatrical release in Norway, and this was also the fate of his new work, Passion. Luckily the film, as we have written warmly about in this article, gets an early release on video." The contest is a page of still frames from seven De Palma films, and if one can name the correct seven films, they get a chance to win the DVD or Blu-Ray of Passion.

Meanwhile, several tweets on Twitter today indicate that Passion will go straight to DVD/Blu-Ray in the U.K., as well, with Metrodome releasing it in those formats on August 12.


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
eONE POSTS NEW PIC FROM SET OF 'PASSION'

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Saturday, June 1, 2013
'PASSION' TALK
SUMMER PREVIEWS, MELBOURNE FEST, & A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON WITH 'LOVE CRIME'
Earlier this week, it was announced that Brian De Palma's Passion will be included in this year's Melbourne International Film Festival. A day or so later, the fest's web site posted its description of the film:
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Sex, sin, terror and torment, De Palma style.

With bountiful betrayal and abundant bitchiness, Passion is a classic Brian De Palma (Redacted, MIFF 2008) psychological thriller – complete with the requisite battling beauties. Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams play against type as corporate-climbing colleagues locked in a professional power struggle that soon takes a turn toward the personal.

Steeped in the filmmaker’s own back catalogue, and shaped by his trademark flourishes, the pulpy, neo-noir remaking of Alain Corneau’s final film, Love Crime, is as visually arresting as it is emotionally lurid. As obsessions spiral into a seductive symphony, the hallucinations and humiliations are amplified with every dramatic interaction between the fated femme fatales, accompanied by a bawdy sense of humour.

TWO SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEWS
On Thursday, Miami New Times posted a 2013 Summer Movie Guide written by Simon Abrams. While the article still has Passion listed incorrectly for June 7 (the film will not be released in theaters until August 30), Abrams loves the film, so it's always fun to read what he has to say about it:

"Brian De Palma returns with this visually delirious, Hitchcock-inspired pulp remake of 2010 French thriller Love Crime. Rachel McAdams and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace co-star as social-climbing ad women whose rivalry leads to a hilariously convoluted murder plot. The film is full of everything De Palma's fans and detractors have come to associate him with, building to a fantastic orchestra hall set piece, complete with split-screen photography. It's good, mean fun."

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Examiner's Jeffrey M. Anderson has put together a selected list of summer films that "may be the cream of the crop." He includes Passion (with the correct theatrical date of August 30), and makes it the third film mentioned in the article. "De Palma returns to the comfortable (or uncomfortable) territory that has made so many of his films classics and guilty pleasures," writes Anderson. "McAdams plays a conniving boss who steals an idea from her new protege (Rapace), leading to an ever-escalating battle of wills. The movie promises great obsession and voyeurism in De Palma’s high style."

FRENCH BLOGGER: 'PASSION' IN THREE WORDS: MUSIQUE - ZOOM - FEMMES
On May 23rd, Timekeeper at the blog Visionarium posted "Passion in three words: Musique - zoom - femmes." He continued, "And I wanted to stop there. Enough, it satisfies me, it sums up what I like most about Passion, but I could say exactly the same thing about Femme Fatale and almost the same thing about Body Double or Snake Eyes." Yesterday, Timekeeper posted a comparison between Love Crime and Passion, calling the former "Passion without passion." The post is illustrated with several stills comparing shots from each film. Timekeeper criticizes Love Crime for being a "French film" in the sense that it has very little camera movement, as though it was filmed in the manner of writing a novel. "As if the image does not count," writes Timekeeper. "As if story alone is sufficient to itself."


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Monday, May 27, 2013
'PASSION' TO PLAY MELBOURNE FILM FEST
INITIAL TITLES ANNOUNCED TODAY; FEST RUNS JULY 25 TO AUG 11
Brian De Palma's Passion has been confirmed for this year's Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), according to The Border Mail. The three-week festival runs from July 25 through August 11. Other titles confirmed so far include Park Chan-wook's Stoker, Sally Potter's Ginger And Rosa, and Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer. The complete program will be announced July 2nd.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
'PASSION' RELEASE DATES CONFIRMED
iTUNES & ON DEMAND AUGUST 1, IN THEATERS AUGUST 30


In response to multiple queries on its Facebook page asking when Passion will be released, eOne responded yesterday that De Palma's latest will be "available on iTunes and On Demand August 1st and in theatres August 30th." Then, today, they posted an "attention" to De Palma fans with the same information. So it looks like Passion will be available to watch on TV screens prior to its theatrical release, which makes it a good example of a trend that Deadline's Pete Hammond wrote about today, noting that an HBO movie (Steven Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra) and a VOD movie (Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives) are both competing for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, happening now. Soderbergh's film premieres on HBO this Sunday, while Refn's film will be released on VOD and in theaters at the same time ("day and date") on July 19. It seems likely that Passion will be a limited theater release, similar to other films that have been released On Demand prior to theatrical. But it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Meanwhile, there is a new Passion video, in English, with some extended scenes, at Entania, although it doesn't seem to be available to watch in America. (Thanks to Patrick!)


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Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:14 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
'PASSION' SET PICS, & RELEASE DATE CURIOSITIES
WITH A BIG THANKS TO MARINA


The picture above from the museum set of Brian De Palma's Passion is one of several that have been posted at Dívány. A big thanks to Marina for finding this gallery!

Meanwhile, something curious is happening with the U.S. release of Passion. First we heard June, then July, and now some tweets and other news are suggesting the date has been moved to August. The tweet below (from Damon Houx, located in Los Angeles) would seem to suggest that Passion will now be released on August 16...

But then a curious thing happened yesterday. The Film Stage tweeted that Passion had been moved to "late August"...

However, the link in the tweet now takes you to an article that begins with the following: "Update: Release date news removed at the request of the distributor." The article then focuses solely on the Daft Punk/De Palma buzz (see post from earlier today), although they did leave in this question at the end of the article: "Are you disappointed that Passion will have to wait a little longer?" (Well, yes, of course.)

Here are two more pics from Dívány:


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Friday, May 10, 2013
ADRIAN MARTIN RANKS 'PASSION' HIGH HIGH HIGH
CRISTINA ÁLVAREZ: "AND IT GROWS WITH EVERY VIEWING"

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Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
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