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Lumière Festival Honors Hungary, Screens Classics ‘Women,’ ‘The Fifth Seal’

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For the fifth year running, Lyon’s Lumière Festival will honor Hungarian cinema and invite guests of the Hungarian National Film Fund to present two classic Hungarian films from important national filmmakers, Márta Mészáros’ “Ők ketten” (“Women”) and Zoltán Fábri’s “Fifth Seal.”

Both films will be presented by Lumière Festival special guest Marina Vlady on Oct 18.

It’s a treat for the Hungarian National Film Fund, coming just one month after hosting their own retrospective film festival, the Budapest Classics Film Marathon. This year’s event saw 100 films screen over seven days with more than 17,000 spectators attending.

1977’s “Women” stars popular Hungarian actors Lili Monori and Golden Globe-nominated Marina Vlady (“The Conjugal Bed”) with an appearance from Vladimir Visotski (“The Duel”). The story turns on two women, Juli and Mari, who are each experiencing marital crisis. Their problems bring the two together in an attempt to help one another put their lives back together.
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Cosmic Ghost Rider Is Coming To The McU In Phase 5

If you’ve been following what Marvel’s been up to on the comic book side of things for the past few years, then surely you know that they’ve been having a ton of fun with the Punisher. Not only did he end up donning the War Machine armor in his own ongoing series at one point, but he’s also been revealed to be the Cosmic Ghost Rider in the incredibly popular “King Thanos” story arc.

In fact, there’s been so much love and support for the character since his debut that Marvel now wants to bring him into the McU. According to sources close to We Got This Covered – the same ones who told us Taskmaster will be the villain of Black Widow, and that the studio was developing She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel shows, all of which have since been confirmed – Kevin Feige is keen on
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The Avengers (Sort Of) Meet The Justice League This Summer In Marvel Comics

Even though epics such as The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, DC vs. Marvel Comics and Jla/Avengers are long behind us, I’m sure fans of the Big Two remain clamoring for more crossovers in the future. To be honest, I wouldn’t rule out such a thing down the line, but it appears as though something like that won’t happen in an official sense anytime soon.

Fortunately, Marvel has a way to circumvent this in a way, as they have the Squadron Supreme at their disposal. For those unfamiliar, this gang consists of analogs for DC’s most iconic heroes. Instead of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman making up its ranks, there are Hyperion, Nighthawk and Power Princess. Funny enough, this was taken to new heights when Adam West voiced Nighthawk on The Super Hero Squad Show.

Thank to Jason Aaron, this concept will soon become more “meta.
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Mephisto Will Reportedly Be The Villain Of The Ghost Rider TV Show

A new corner of the McU is about to open up over on Hulu. Netflix might have cancelled the Defenders-verse, but at least Disney seems to be working on developing a different, supernaturally-themed, superhero team for their rival streaming service.

Earlier this month, it was announced a Ghost Rider TV series was coming, starring Gabriel Luna as the Robbie Reyes version of the character he first played on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Alongside this, Helstrom is also in the works, focusing on Daimon and Ana Helstrom. Comics readers will know that they’re the son and daughter of the devil himself in the comics, but the TV versions have so far been described as the offspring of “a mysterious and powerful serial killer.”

Satan might not be appearing in these Hulu horror-infused shows then, but one of his most dangerous demons could be instead. We Got
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #101. Final Report (Zárójelentés) – István Szabó

Final Report (Zárójelentés)

A titan of Hungarian cinema, the 80-year-old Istvan Szabo reunites with Austria’s Klaus Maria Brandauer for Final Report (Zárójelentés). The director and star worked together on a lauded trilogy of films in the 1980s, notably 1981’s Mephisto, which took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1985’s Colonel Redl and 1988’s Hanussen (both also nominated for Oscars in the same category). The film is produced by Pál Sándor and Attila Tozsér of Film Street and also stars Karoly Eperjes, Eva Kerekes, András Stohl, Dorottya Udvaros, Mari Csomós, Ági Szirtes, Enikő Börcsök, Eszter Csákányi and József Szarvas.…
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Avengers: Infinity War actor Ross Marquand hopes he can return as Red Skull

Ross Marquand, the actor behind Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War, hopes he can return as the character one day.

Red Skull was the last person people were expecting to see during Thanos’ quest to collect the last stone during Infinity War. The character returned to the big screen for the first time since Captain American: The First Avenger, this time played by Ross Marquand.

Marquand is a big comic book fan and getting to play the character was a dream true. Speaking at San Jose Fest (via ComicBook.com), the actor says that he hopes it isn’t the last time:

“I loved playing Red Skull, I hope I can come back and play him again. We’ll see. That’s one of the characters that I drew the most as a kid. I would draw Sabretooth, I would draw Omega Red — a lot of Omega Red, surprisingly — Mephisto,
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Film News Roundup: Dave Bautista in Talks for ‘Fantasy Island’

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Film News Roundup: Dave Bautista in Talks for ‘Fantasy Island’
In today’s film news roundup, Dave Bautista is in talks for “Fantasy Island,” “Glam Masters” exec producer Diana Madison gets her first movie role and Kino Lorber buys 10 Hungarian classics.

Castings

Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is in negotiations to star in Blumhouse and Sony’s upcoming “Fantasy Island” movie.

Ricardo Montalban starred in the television series “Fantasy Island” as the white-suited Mr. Roarke who oversaw a mysterious island where people could live out their fantasies — for a price. The series, which ran for seven seasons from 1977 to 1984, often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural. If the deal goes through, Bautista would play a former guest who is still on the island against his will.

The TV show became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize), who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!
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Latest Oscar submissions include Hungary's 'Sunset', Russia's 'Sobibor'

Latest Oscar submissions include Hungary's 'Sunset', Russia's 'Sobibor'
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Restored 4K ‘Mephisto’ Print to Open Budapest Classics Film Marathon

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Restored 4K ‘Mephisto’ Print to Open Budapest Classics Film Marathon
A newly restored 4K digital print of István Szabó’s Oscar-winning “Mephisto” will be among the European classics screening as part of the 2nd Budapest Classics Film Marathon, which runs Sept. 4-9. Claudia Cardinale, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Jean-Marc Barr will be among the event’s guests.

The first Marathon ran in November 2017, attracting more than 5,000 people over three days. This year’s edition, which runs over six days and includes the screening of more than 60 films, kicks off with an all-day workshop and conference on digital restoration and film in education, attended by the directors of European film archives. The restored “Mephisto” will screen on the opening evening, attended by Szabó, Brandauer and Lajos Koltai.

György Ráduly, director of the Hungarian National Film Archive, said in a statement: “The aim is to show, in a novel and interesting way, valuable, recently restored classical films that represent a part of
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Transilvania’s Hungarian Day Takes on Trauma of the Past and Present

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The Transilvania Intl. Film Festival’s Hungary Day pays tribute to the region’s largest ethnic minority – one that still plays a strong and vital cultural role in the region.

Once part of Hungary, the western Romanian city of Cluj, where the fest takes place, features schools, an opera house and literature in Hungarian – and, once a year, a large collection of films from its Magyar neighbor screen at Tiff.

The section features five narrative films and two documentaries screen this year, programmed by Zagoni Balint; there is also a tribute capped by honors for career achievement for Oscar-winning Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (“Mephisto”) and director-writer-editor Marta Meszaros, credited with more than 40 films over seven decades.

Several of the Hungarian films at Tiff take on once-taboo subjects, such as “1945” (pictured), Ferenc Torok’s evocative black-and-white account of the unwelcome return to a small town of Orthodox Jews who have survived the Holocaust.
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"Iron Fist: Damnation"

Marvel Comics' "Iron Fist" #80, in support of the Marvel TV/Netflix superhero martial arts action series , is written by Ed Brisson and illustrated by Damian Couceiro, with a cover by Jeff Dekal, available April 18, 2018:

"...in this 'Damnation' tie-in, there is fighting in the streets as 'Iron Fist' and 'Fat Cobra' reach an endgame. As 'Sin City' burns under the rule of 'Mephisto', the odds of survival turn against them. 

"But at stake is not just the lives of Iron Fist and his compatriots but their very souls, as all hell breaks loose in the fiery finale..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Iron Fist"...

More "Iron Fist" Comic Books Here
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Preview of Johnny Blaze: Ghost Rider #1

Marvel Comics releases Johnny Blaze: Ghost Rider #1 this coming Wednesday, and you can take a look at a preview of the issue here…

Damnation Tie-in! Johnny Blaze takes the fight to a different devil than he usually faces — Mephisto! But Mephisto will show Johnny his own brand of suffering — and give Johnny Plenty of reasons for vengeance.

Johnny Blaze: Ghost Rider #1 is out on March 28th, priced $3.99.
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"Damnation: Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider"

Marvel Comics "Damnation: Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider" #1, available March 28, 2018, is written by Christopher Sebela and illustrated by Phil Noto, with covers by Clayton Crain:

"...the cursed 'Johnny Blaze takes the fight to a different demon than he usually faces -

"But 'Mephisto' will show Johnny his own brand of suffering -- and give Johnny plenty of reasons for vengeance..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ghost Rider"...
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"Doctor Strange: Damnation"

Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" #387, available March 14, 2018, is written by Donny Cates and illustrated by Niko Henrichon, with a cover by Michael Del Mundo:

"...in a 'Damnation' tie-in, 'Stephen Strange' is a captive in the 'Hotel Inferno', run by 'Mephisto'.

"His only chance to get out is by winning on the casino floor.

"But unfortunately, when it comes to gambling, the house always wins..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Doctor Strange"...
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The 'Jeanette MacDonald' of Central European Cinema Dead at 101

Marta Eggerth: Operetta and film star — a sort of Jeanette MacDonald of Central European cinema — dead at 101 Marta Eggerth, an international star in film and stage operettas who frequently performed opposite husband Jan Kiepura, died on December 26, 2013, at her home in Rye, New York. The Budapest-born Eggerth had turned 101 last April 17. (Photo: Marta Eggerth ca. 1935.) Although best known for her roles in stage musicals such as the Max Reinhardt-directed 1927 Hamburg production of Die Fledermaus, and various incarnations of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Marta Eggerth was featured in nearly 40 films. The vast majority of those were produced in Austria and Germany in the 1930s, as the Nazis ascended to power. Marta Eggerth films Marta Eggerth films, which frequently made use of her coloratura soprano voice, include Max Neufeld’s drama Eine Nacht im Grandhotel ("A Night at the Grand Hotel," 1931); the Victor Janson-directed musicals Once There Was a Waltz
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The Great Beauty takes Grand Prix in Tallinn

Of Horses And Men won the Tridens and Fipresci prizes at Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival went out in a blaze of surreal glory on Saturday night, as the awards were handed out in a ceremony filled with slapstick asides involving some of the great and good of Estonian cinema, choral excellence and even a rendition of German heavy metal band Ramstein's Du Hast (You Hate).

Beginning with the Lumiere Brothers' famous Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat, the stage became a locomotive to take us on a journey through the prizes, which included a lifetime achievement award for Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó (Mephisto, Colonel Redl). Oh, and did I mention the man in the wolf mascot suit? The result was certainly off-kilter but the high energy of everyone involved and general quirkiness mirrored the spirit of the festival and its organisers and volunteers - enthusiastic,
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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival report: The Role, Kami's Party, István Szabó

Konstantin Lopushanskiy's The Role Sitting on the Baltic Sea, the capital of this young republic is hunkering down for the winter ahead as the daylight shrinks back to seven hours and the temperatures drop to freezing. This makes the warm glow of a cinema screen all the more appealing, as audiences, with a hearteningly young demographic, queue up for a taste of international cinema at the 17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. With 500 films being shown and more than 50 filmmakers heading to town in support, they certainly don't lack choice.

At just past the midway point , the various international competitions are underway and the industry events have begun bringing truckloads of talent to town, with attendees as diverse as Mephisto director István Szabó, who has received the Bnff Lifetime Award this year, and the Canadian producer of Gabrielle and Whitewash Luc Dery, alongside industry delegates such as Alamo Drafthouse founder.
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Book Review: Mike Goodridge’s FilmCraft: Directing

As the fifth volume of Focal Press’s exceedingly readable and loving exploratory series of the filmmaking process, Mike Goodridge’s FilmCraft: Directing follows the success of its predecessors with expectedly enjoyable results. Featuring discussions with sixteen of the world’s most influential and exciting working directors and five profiles of authentic legends that help shaped cinema as we know it, the brisk 192 page collection manages to touch on a wide range of creative epicenters, their immensely differing ideologies on the medium, and the egotistic, yet somewhat ambiguous job that a film director’s capacity really encompasses. The book serves an intimate peak into the stressful task of helming a feature, whether it be a massive Hollywood extravaganza or a homegrown intimacy.

Broken down by filmmaker, each section is structured around a principal discussion by the director at hand, with a variety of asides that fill out the full color
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Karlovy Vary Film Fest Review: Even Helen Mirren Can't Save 'The Door'

If you were to attempt to genetically engineer the perfect film for Karlovy Vary, Eastern Europe’s biggest film festival and one of the oldest in the world, your checklist of ingredients might include: an internationally revered film star lead, a respected veteran European director, a Central or Eastern European setting, and a story in which both the Holocaust and post-WW2 communism figure largely. Maybe throw in a little subtext about class division and gender roles for good measure. “The Door” is a new Helen Mirren film from Hungarian director István Szabó ("Meeting Venus," "Being Julia,""Mephisto"), set in 1960s Budapest and detailing the relationship between a wealthy female novelist and a strong-willed cleaning lady, who may or may not be harbouring dark secrets regarding her actions during the war. It pretty much hits the jackpot, or rather it would have if it was good. It’s not.

The film’s problems manifest themselves early,
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Faust – review

This ponderous movie is regarded by its writer-director, the talented Russian mystic Alexander Sokurov, as the concluding section of a quartet of films on the subject of the corrupting effects of power, following on from his biographical studies of Hitler (Moloch), Lenin (Taurus) and the emperor Hirohito (The Sun). It won the Golden Lion at Venice last year but is a dull affair, made in German, set in 18th-century central Europe, shot in the Czech Republic and Iceland. It has the impoverished, lugubrious scholar Faust pursuing the meaning of life and taking up with Mauritius, a grotesquely repellent version of Mephistopheles. Mauritius works as the town's pawnbroker and moneylender and reveals during one of his pointless romps with Faust to have his penis attached to his backside. After much rambling talk, Faust sells his soul to Mauritius in order to have sex with the local beauty, Margarete. He signs the
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