By Alyssa Rosenberg
Most documentary filmmakers can’t pull off the things that Michael Moore does, and don’t really try—arguably, Moore’s never really pulled off a movie as raw, funny and as striking revealing as his debut, Roger & Me:
Earlier this week, the world became aware of an Italian promotional poster for the film "12 Years A Slave" that highlighted actor Brad Pitt, even though he has only a minor role in the film. Meanwhile, the movie's star, black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, was reduced to a small image below Pitt's profile.
From outside it looked like another spacious Virgin Islands villa with a spiral staircase twisting up to a sunny balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea. But Dolphin Point Laboratory on the island of St Thomas was part of a unique Washington-funded research institute run by Dr John C Lilly, the wackiest and most polarising figure in marine science history. A medic and neurologist by training, a mystic by inclination, he was intent on furthering his investigations into the communication skills of dolphins, who he believed could help us talk to extraterrestrials.
It looks like Sony is not having much success with the release of its movie, which has gained a lot hype over the past few weeks. The controversial and satirical movie “The Interview” is ready for release but exhibitors and distributors are not quite ready to picture the movie on their screens.
The biggest film distributor of the Benelux area has put several of its units in receivership and is desperately trying to monetize its catalogue of film rights as it is crushed under a mountain of debt. A-Film's failure will ripple through the film world, from Amsterdam to Hollywood and Mumbai. If the industry does not review its economic model, the double trouble of high costs and declining disc sales could turn into a movie world tsunami.