Cinecast Episode 214 – I Hate that I Know That

We start things off simple. No Kurt. Just some Pirates and Priests. With unpleasantness out of the way, Kurt jumps in with both feet for a indie post-apocalyptic film out of Toronto, a re-evaluation of Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino’s career. Trains and Toni Collette keep the conversation chugging along and with Gamble here, “Game of Thrones” is sort of unavoidable. We all revel in the love for Rip Torn and South Korea before rounding everything out with a talk about sequels that are crazier than a rat in a tin shithouse (ala Caddyshack II and Gremilns II). Nobody dies.

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Review: Nine


Director: Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha)
Screenplay: Michael Tolkin & Anthony Minghella
Based on: “Nine,” a Broadway musical by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, based on 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini
Producers: Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, John DeLuca, Harvey Weinstein
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, Fergie
Year: 2009
Country: United States
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 110min.


When you make a movie inspired by Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, you’ve already got a lot more to live up to than most filmmakers are willing to take on. When you’re Rob Marshall and only have two other feature films on your directing resume, it takes some guts to embark on a project like Nine, even if you did manage to win a Best Picture Oscar for your directorial debut Chicago (an award that many film critics strongly disagree with, incidentally). On the other hand, Marshall comes from a musical/Broadway/choreography background, which gives him a leg up on Nine, which has a Broadway musical sitting between it and 8 1/2. So this could really have gone either way. But I have to say, with a cast like this one (which includes three of my girlcrushes as well as the always solid Judi Dench and often incredible Daniel Day-Lewis), I was really hoping it would work. And generally, it does, though admittedly with much less subtlety than Fellini’s original.


Film director Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) is known for a string of great successes early in his career, but is just coming off a couple of major flops as he’s supposed to be beginning another film, the one he and his supporters hope will be his comeback. But he’s unable to come with a solid story, much less a script, and shooting starts in ten days. He’s got his producer, his costume designer (Dench), and his leading lady (Nicole Kidman) all after him to get moving, but all he can manage to do is escape to a spa and fantasy versions of all the women in his life – from his mother (Sophia Loren) to the prostitute he remembers paying to dance at age 9 (Fergie) to his wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), current mistress Carla (Penélope Cruz), and a fashion reporter (Kate Hudson). As Luisa points out to Guido, it’s “no wonder you’ve got no script, you’re too busy inventing your own life.” These fantasies become the musical numbers in Nine, each of them intercut with what’s going on in real life.

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“NINE” Premieres in London

LONDON — Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis have braved the bitter cold in London to promote the world premiere of the Hollywood movie NINE.

The musical, inspired by Federico Fellini’s classic film 8 1/2, also stars Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and singer Fergie.

Director Rob Marshall said at the premiere in Leicester Square that he “was overwhelmed by the turnout of women that came and auditioned for NINE. We saw so many great actors and I was blown away by that. I think Chicago might have opened the door, people thinking ‘maybe I can do that too’.” He said he was pleasantly surprised by the singing and dancing abilities of Day-Lewis and Hudson.

Hudson, wearing a full length white dress, described her experience working with this star-studded cast which also included singer Fergie and iconic Italian actress Sophia Loren; “It was incredible, it was an amazing experience. It was a learning experience. You got to watch people and see how everybody attacks it and we were all very supportive of each other because it’s all singing and dancing and things we hadn’t really done. It was really fun.”

Marshall said that NINE is dedicated to the late British film director Anthony Minghella, who he called a marvelous scriptwriter and an inspiration. NINE is out in cinemas nationwide on Christmas Day!

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Can’t Wait for “NINE”

Only 31 days left on the year and not a single title has me more anticipatory than Rob Marshall’s NINE (which I am from here on out going to write in all capital letters). Normally I’m not a fan of these types of “overdone” musical spectacles but for some reason (not the reason you’re probably thinking) NINE grabs me in just the right way and I fully expect a break into my top ten experience for this one. I’ve raved about this movie enough over here and there and more recently over here, so this will be my final say on the matter until the movie hits my local theater. The third and most plot-explanatory trailer has been released and you can see it below the seats…
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New Trailer for “Nine”

Admittedly I’ve been hyping this movie up around here – arguably too much. But I’m doing it for good reason(s). 1) Penélope Cruz. 2) It’s going to need the hype as I don’t think this is the type of movie that is going to speak to most movie goers just a week before Christmas. This is “one of the hardest sells of the year.” Until now?

This newest trailer is flashy and catchy with loads of sparkle and razzle dazzle. Showcasing a remarkable Kate Hudson (the character/actress I was least interested in watching) in sort of a Dreamgirls-esque montage; which I thought was a pretty fun and dazzling movie. I only hope Nine can live up to my now enormous expectations and delivers with its pre-release Oscar buzz. If this new (and much better) trailer is any indication, December 18th is going to be a foot stomping good time in the theater.

“Nine” New Images

Alright I admit it. These aren’t that interesting but it’s well documented that I never pass up a chance to post new picture of Penélope Cruz. So when I stumbled on these recently released stills of one my more anticipated films of the next two months, I had to share. Oh, and there also aren’t nine of them – there are actually eleven.

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So Called “Oscar Season” at The End of a Decade

Well, it’s here: not just the final two months of 2009, but the end of another decade. Not that these films are necessarily Oscar contenders, but November and December are notorious for launching all the high profile, “good” movies of the year. While we’ve seen some great stuff over the past 10 months, here is a smattering of pictures being released wide in the final two months of the decade that we’re really looking forward to and anticipate much critical love for; including making several top ten lists. Sure there are more than just these titles that are anticipated, and we’d love you to mention them in the comment section, but there are enough here to keep you busy and these are probably the “must sees” for these final 60 days of the year…



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RowThree review
The more I think about this film and the more times I see the trailer the more and more I absolutely love it and little by little it keeps climbing notches on my ten best of the year list. If Charlotte Gainsbourg isn’t nominated for a best actress statue then there is positively no justice in the world. Obviously not for everyone as the film is fantastically brutal and psychologically traumatic. But it is also gorgeous in every way a film can be gorgeous before punching you in the face with tennis racket made of lead.

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Behind the Scenes of “Nine”

No, not more intense video footage of CGI puppets running through an apocalyptic world of mayhem and carnage. No. This is something much much better… Penelope Cruz. While at first I thought this was a series of clips from the film showing the actors backstage of the set they are performing in the movie, I realize now that it is actual behind-the-scenes footage from the film and showcases all of the spectacular players involved; from Nicole Kidman to Dench to Cotillard and of course the great Daniel Day-Lewis.

Now I’m not one to get too excited about a musical, but between this footage and the extraordinary trailer, this thing has just got too much star power and frankly so much gusto (and Penelope Cruz) that how can one look away? And I have to admit that while I think Rob Marshall’s Chicago is more than just a little over rated, I did like it well enough to watch it at least twice, so I have high hopes for Nine.

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Nine Show’s Off Its Legs

Nine Movie Still

Musicals were never my thing. I liked a few here and there and was often surprised when I stumbled on a classic I liked (I blame it on the spontaneous singing) but I’ve come to realize that when I need a boost, a good musical really lifts my spirits. The last few years has provided a little resurgence and though not all of the recent musicals have been great, I’ve enjoyed myself at all of them (the ones I’ve seen at least) but here comes one that could not just be fun but has potential to catch some critical attention.

Directed by musical man Rob Marshall, Nine is based on a script written by Federico Fellini and Ennio Flaiano (that alone is quality) and features a famous film director struggling to find a balance between his career and his personal life. Alright, so this doesn’t really do anything for me but check out this loaded cast: Daniel Day-Lewis as director Guido Contini, Marion Cotillard as his wife, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench and Sophia Loren. Can you say awesome?

The first teaser has hit the webs and though it doesn’t give much of the story, it does share some of the visuals and it sure looks nice (granted, all of Marshall’s films look good). Here’s hoping the music to match is catchy (this trailer music is certainly setting a nice precedent). I’m ready for another dose of musical goodness.

Nine opens on November 25th.

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