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Film Review: Abnormal Family (1984) by Masayuki Suo

Can porn be art? This question seems to be contradicting itself. Art calls for our contemplation, while porn requires our bodily involvement. How can a film excite its viewers on these two fronts? Masayuki Suo’s pink film (“pinku eiga”; it refers Japanese softcore pornographic films produced since the sixties) “Abnormal Family” seems to be a rare beast that combines stylistic commitments with titillating imageries. Once studying film with Japan’s leading intellectual Shigehiko Hasumi, Suo’s film is a love (erotic?) letter to Ozu’s films.

“Abnormal Family” screened at Japan Cuts 2018

Unmarried daughters. Bickering relatives. Taciturn fathers. A teapot. A vase. A Noh performance. A Coca-Cola signpost. A corner of the Kita-Kamakura station. These are the basic elements of the Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu’s cinematic world. In these quiet corners of Japan, there will always be a father who is worried about marrying off his daughters. The tradition must go on,
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Randall Christensen, Emmy-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 60

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Randall Christensen, Emmy-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 60
Randall Christensen, the Emmy-winning costume designer best known for his work on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” died Sunday after a long fight with carcinoid cancer. He was 60.

Christensen’s work on the beloved reality show, which spanned 11 seasons since his start in 2006, earned him the moniker “the next Bob Mackie,” given to him from the iconic costume designer himself. As a lead designer on the show, the prolific designer created a wide array of dance and skate costumes for the show’s many contestants. In 2006, he earned an Emmy for outstanding costumes alongside multiple nominations from the Costume Designers Guild.

The designer’s work was also featured in a variety of feature films throughout his career; his gown can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the 2004 film “Shall We Dance,” and he was tapped as the costume designer for films including “Take the Lead,” “Dance With Me,
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Randall Christensen Dies: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Costume Designer Was 60

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Randall Christensen Dies: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Costume Designer Was 60
Randall Christensen, Emmy-winning costumer designer for his work on Dancing With The Stars, has died. Christensen died Sunday from complications of cancer, his talent agent confirmed to Deadline. He was 60.

Christensen worked on Dancing With The Stars for eleven seasons beginning in 2006. He won the Emmy that year for outstanding costume design for the show, and was a four-time nominee for the Costume Designers Guild Award for the hit competition dance series as well.

Born in South Carolina, Christensen, known for his transformative and iconographic dance and skate costumes, was proclaimed ‘the next Bob Mackie’ by designer Bob Mackie himself.

In addition to his work on Dancing With the Stars, Christensen’s gowns can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance (2004) and Mary Steenburgen in the film Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). His work also can be seen in the films Take the Lead
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Erotic manga adaptation Tezuka’s Barbara gets a teaser trailer

The Fool, Third Window Films and Rapid Eye Movies have teamed up for a live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s erotic manga series Barbara, which has been directed by Tezuka’s son Macoto Tezka.

Tezuka’s Barbara is an adult-oriented fantasy which deals with deals with the erotic and bizarre experiences of a famous novelist whose life is tossed upside down by a mysterious girl. Featuring in the cast are Fumi Nikaido (Himizu), Goro Inagaki (13 Assassins), Shizuka Ishibashi (Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue), Kiyohiko Shibukawa (Lowlife Love) and Eri Watanabe (Shall We Dance).

Here’s the first teaser trailer…

“Barbara is the work of my father which is the closest to my personal style and taste,” said Tezka. “The reason why I followed through with this film’s production is that it was a rare chance to make a co-production with many large countries and
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Fred Astaire movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Swing Time,’ ‘The Band Wagon,’ ‘Top Hat’

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Fred Astaire movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Swing Time,’ ‘The Band Wagon,’ ‘Top Hat’
Fred Astaire would’ve celebrated his 120th birthday on May 10, 2019. The Oscar-nominated song and dance man is best remembered for a series of musicals he made alongside Ginger Rogers. Yet his filmography extends well past those titles. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

As a dancer, Astaire was known for his perfectionism, doing multiple takes to get the most precise movements correct. His immaculate steps were matched only by his outfits, which often consisted of top hats and coats.

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After making a name for himself on the stage in London and on Broadway, Astaire came to Hollywood. He first appeared with fellow dancer Rogers in “Flying Down to Rio” (1933), where they played second fiddle to Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond. Their
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Fred Astaire movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Fred Astaire movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Fred Astaire would’ve celebrated his 120th birthday on May 10, 2019. The Oscar-nominated song and dance man is best remembered for a series of musicals he made alongside Ginger Rogers. Yet his filmography extends well past those titles. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

As a dancer, Astaire was known for his perfectionism, doing multiple takes to get the most precise movements correct. His immaculate steps were matched only by his outfits, which often consisted of top hats and coats.

After making a name for himself on the stage in London and on Broadway, Astaire came to Hollywood. He first appeared with fellow dancer Rogers in “Flying Down to Rio” (1933), where they played second fiddle to Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond. Their first starring vehicle came just one year later: “The Gay Divorcee” (1934).

Their subsequent films,
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“Kinetic Visions: The Students of Hasumi Shigehiko” Brings an Eclectic Collection of Japanese Films to Chicago

A curated programme of Japanese films called “Kinetic Visions: The Students of Hasumi Shigehiko” will be screening at the University of Chicago every Sunday starting this week. The programme will feature number of films by directors who were formerly students of Japanese critic and theorist Hasumi Shigehiko.

Hasumi Shigehiko (1932-present) is one of the most influential critics and theorists of Japanese Cinema. Emerging at the film journal Cinema 69 at the end of the 1960s, he would go on to become one of the dominant critical voices of Japanese Film Criticism in the 1970s and 1980s, write numerous theoretical books on film form and experience, and become one of the founders of Film Studies as an academic discipline at Rikkyō University and later Tokyo University.

Hasumi’s students include numerous influential Japanese film scholars such as Yomota Inuhiko and Chika Kinoshita, as well as a long list of influential genre and art-house filmmakers,
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‘The Unicorn’: Omar Benson Miller & Maya Lynne Robinson Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot

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‘The Unicorn’: Omar Benson Miller & Maya Lynne Robinson Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Omar Benson Miller (Ballers) and Maya Lynne Robinson (The Conners) are set as series regulars opposite Walton Goggins, Michaela Watkins and Rob Corddry in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot The Unicorn, from Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Martin and Schiff and directed by John Hamburg, The Unicorn, inspired by a true story, centers on Wade (Goggins), a recent widower who is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world — where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.

Miller and Robinson play married couple Ben and Michelle, parents to four children. Ben is another of Wade’s well-meaning friends, who is convinced Wade is “going to crush it out there” in the dating world. He
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Filmart: Japanese Screen Icon Koji Yakusho Reflects on 40 Years of Filmmaking (Q&A)

Filmart: Japanese Screen Icon Koji Yakusho Reflects on 40 Years of Filmmaking (Q&A)
Across a four-decade career, Koji Yakusho, 63, has played samurai warlords, salarymen, gangsters, murderers and policemen, winning acclaim and awards in Japan and across the globe. He first came to the attention of international audiences in 1996 with Shall We Dance? — Richard Gere reprised his role in a 2004 U.S. remake — which he followed by starring in the 1997 Palme d'Or winner The Eel, directed by Shohei Imamura. In the mid-2000s he appeared in two Hollywood productions: Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha and Babel, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Yakusho, who has been chosen ...
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Netflix Hires Stx’s David Kosse as New VP of International Film

  • The Wrap
Netflix announced on Monday that it has hired former Stx Entertainment exec David Kosse to lead the streamer’s international team as the new vice president of international film.

Kosse, who will report directly to Netflix’s head of film Scott Stuber, will lead a team out of Netflix’s London offices.

In this newly created position, Kosse will oversee all of international film production and acquisitions with a focus on making and acquiring significant non-English language films that can travel around the world.

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“By making international content available globally on such a large scale, Netflix is shattering cultural boundaries in a way no other company has. And, what a team to do it with — I’m thrilled to work with Scott again and to work with the incredible team he has assembled,” Kosse said in a statement. “Together,
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Audrey Wells Scholarships Set At Alma Mater UCLA Film School From Pearl Studio

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Pearl Studio, which is turning Audrey Wells’ final screenplay Over the Moon into an animated movie, has gifted $100,000 in scholarships to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in Wells’ name.

Wells, a UCLA Tft alum, died in October at age 58 after a long battle with cancer, just one day before the release of 20th Century Fox’s racial drama The Hate U Give which she adapted from Angie Thomas’ novel. The screenwriter-director-producer’s credits include writing and helming 2013’s Under the Tuscan Sun and 1999’s Guinevere, and penning 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose along with The Game Plan, George of the Jungle, Shall We Dance, The Kid and her 1996 debut The Truth About Cats and Dogs.

Two current-use scholarships will be awarded from the Audrey Wells Memorial “Say Yes!” Scholarships, first to an Mfa screenwriting student in the 2018-2019 academic year and, in the 2019-2020 year, to an Mfa directing student.
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Artists’ Choice #11: Kanji Furutachi (actor) lists his 10 Favorite Japanese Movies

Kanji Furutachi is best known for playing Toshio, one of the leading roles in “Harmonium”, directed by Koji Fukada, which won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

He has also appeared in numerous plays in Japan, including the title role for the play “The Treasured Son”, which won Japan’s most prestigious drama award: The Kishida Drama Award.

His many film appearances include “Hospitalité” and “My Back Page” (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award from the Takasaki Film Festival and the Best New Comer Award at the Tama Cinema Forum). He studied acting with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld, and many others at Hb Studio in New York City.

Here are his ten favorite Japanese films, in no particular order

1. Tokyo Story

2. High and Low

3. Rashomon

4. Seven Samurai

5. The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada,
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The King And I: From The London Palladium Makes BroadwayHD Debut

Shall we dance Lincoln Center Theater's multi-award winning and critically acclaimed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's legendary musicalThe King and Iis making its debuttodayon BroadwayHD. Called 'a hit' by the Times of Londonand 'complete rapture' by theTelegraph, this joyous and captivating rendition stars Kelli O'Hara as she reprises her Tony Award-winning role as Anna, alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King. It also marks the crowd-pleasing return of Ruthie Ann Miles in her Tony Award-winning role as Lady Thiang. Supported by a company of over 50 dazzling performers, this not-to-miss stage spectacular features one of the finest scores ever written with show-stopping hits like 'Whistle a Happy Tune,' 'Getting to Know You,' and 'Shall We Dance.'
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Third Window, Rapid Eye board live-action version of Tezuka's 'Barbara'

Third Window, Rapid Eye board live-action version of Tezuka's 'Barbara'
Fumi Nikaido and Goro Inagaki star in the film, directed by Osamu Tezuka’s son, Macoto Tezuka.

Germany’s Rapid Eye Movies and the UK’s Third Window Films are teaming with Japanese production outfit Thefool on a live-action version of Osamu Tezuka’s 1970s erotic manga Barbara.

Tezuka’s son, Macoto Tezuka, is directing the film, which is being produced to celebrate the 90th birth year of the late anime pioneer who also created the Astro Boy character.

Tezuka’s Barbara, as the film will be called, will star Fumi Nikaido, who won best actress at the Venice film festival in 2011 for Himizu,
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China’s ‘Over the Moon’ to be Animated by Sony Imageworks

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Sony Pictures Imageworks is to provide the animation on “Over the Moon,” the Chinese-themed animated feature stemming from China’s Pearl Studio and Netflix. The film is being directed by Glen Keane, who has numerous credits on Pocahontas, Tarzan and Beauty and the Beast, and won an Oscar as director of short film “Dear Basketball.”

The musical adventure story in “Over the Moon” involves a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a Moon Goddess. When she gets to the other side she unexpectedly discovers a whimsical world filled with fantastical creatures.

Pearl Studio, which was previously U.S.-China joint venture company Oriental Dreamworks and is now wholly-owned by a Cmc Capital Partners-led consortium, will give the film a theatrical release in China in 2020. Netflix will distribute the film in all other territories. Pearl is currently in production on “Abominable,
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The Hate U Give Screenwriter Audrey Wells Dies Just a Day Before Film's Release

The Hate U Give Screenwriter Audrey Wells Dies Just a Day Before Film's Release
The screenwriter of films The Hate U Give and Under the Tuscan Sun has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

Audrey Wells was remembered by her husband, Brian Wells, in a statement released on his behalf by her agency UTA.

“Over the last five and a half years, Audrey fought valiantly against her illness and she died surrounded by love,” Brian said in the statement obtained by multiple outlets. “Even during her fight, she never stopped living, working or traveling, and she never lost her joy, wonder and optimism. She was, simply, the most incredible wife and partner imaginable,
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Audrey Wells, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and ‘The Hate U Give’ Writer, Dies at 58

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Audrey Wells, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and ‘The Hate U Give’ Writer, Dies at 58
Screenwriter and director Audrey Wells died on Thursday after a long and private battle with cancer, according to her representatives at United Talent Agency. She was 58 years old.

Wells had a long and celebrated career in Hollywood, penning such films as “Under the Tuscan Sun,” which she also directed, as well as “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” “The Kid,” “Shall We Dance” and she adapted “The Hate U Give,” which was released on Friday by Fox, for the big screen.

“Over the last five and half years, Audrey fought valiantly against her illness and she died surrounded by love. Even during her fight, she never stopped living, working or traveling, and she never lost her joy, wonder and optimism,” Wells’ husband Brian Larky said in a statement. “She was, simply, the most incredible wife and partner imaginable, and she knew always that she was loved by Tatiana, me, and
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Audrey Wells Dies: Latest Film, ‘The Hate U Give’, Opens Today

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Audrey Wells Dies: Latest Film, ‘The Hate U Give’, Opens Today
Audrey Wells, screenwriter of the racial drama The Hate U Give, has died at age 58. Wells passed away yesterday after a long and private battle with cancer. Her death was announced by her agency, UTA.

Her latest film, from 20th Century Fox, is directed by George Tillman Jr and stars Amandla Stenberg. The adaptation of Angie Thomas’s bestselling novel opened in select theaters today and goes wide October 19.

A prolific writer and director, Wells was a lifelong feminist whose creative voice frequently focused on strong female characters. That creative influence guided the roles in films she wrote and directed, including 2003’s Under the Tuscan Sun and 1999’s Guinevere, to the movies she wrote, including Hate U Give and 2004’s Shall We Dance, 2000’s The Kid and her 1996 scribe debut The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Her animated movie Over the Moon is currently in production.

Born in San Francisco,
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Jennifer Lopez Explains Why She's Returning to Romantic Comedy With 'Second Act'

Jennifer Lopez Explains Why She's Returning to Romantic Comedy With 'Second Act'
Jennifer Lopez explained to Jimmy Fallon why she felt that it was time for her to return to romantic comedy, when she stopped by The Tonight Show on Friday.

The longtime rom-com star said that she wanted to do her upcoming film Second Act because "You need that funny, quirky look at life. That romantic look at life. I think things are tough sometimes and we need that escape."

Lopez has starred in rom-coms such as Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, Monster-in-Law and Shall We Dance?, but hasn't appeared in a traditional iteration of the genre since The Back-up Plan in 2010. Second ...
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Film Review: Abnormal Family (1984) by Masayuki Suo

Can porn be art? This question seems to be contradicting itself. Art calls for our contemplation, while porn requires our bodily involvement. How can a film excite its viewers on these two fronts? Masayuki Suo’s pink film (“pinku eiga”; it refers Japanese softcore pornographic films produced since the sixties) “Abnormal Family” seems to be a rare beast that combines stylistic commitments with titillating imageries. Once studying film with Japan’s leading intellectual Shigehiko Hasumi, Suo’s film is a love (erotic?) letter to Ozu’s films.

Abnormal Family is screening at Japan Cuts 2018

Unmarried daughters. Bickering relatives. Taciturn fathers. A teapot. A vase. A Noh performance. A Coca-Cola signpost. A corner of the Kita-Kamakura station. These are the basic elements of the Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu’s cinematic world. In these quiet corners of Japan, there will always be a father who is worried about marrying off his daughters.
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »
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