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26 August 2005

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  • 40 Year-Old Virgin comes top at box office

    Comedies continued to drawin the crowds over the weekend as Universal's R-rated The 40-Year-Old Virgin opened at number one on an estimated $20.6m.Launching in second placewas DreamWorks' thriller Red Eyeon $16.5m, while the British CG-animated family adventure Valiant opened through Disney in seventh place on adisappointing $6.1m. Fox's action romp Supercross flopped outside the top 10 on $1.3m.Overall there was littlechange in the box office landsca
  • AFI to announce annual top ten on Dec 11

    The top 10 AFImotion pictures, television programmes and moments of significance of the yearwill be unveiled when the American Film Institute announces its AFI Awards 2005on Dec 11.AFI members willhonour the creative ensembles for each chosen project, person or event at anawards lunch on Jan 13, 2006.AFI AWARDShonorees are selected by two juries for features and television, which eachchooses up to five moments of significance from their fields.The dead
  • Albert Pyun to be feted at Estepona festival in Spain

    Albert Pyun, the director behind such cult hits as TheSword And The Sorcerer, Nemesis and Cyborg, will receive the Golden Unicorn Award at theupcoming sixth Estepona Film Festival in Andalusia, Spain.Mayor ofEstepona Antonio Barrientos will preside over the tribute, which will also beattended by festival director Julio Peces.The festival,which runs from Sept 5-10, will open with Pyun's most recent title, Infection, starring Virginia Dare
  • An Unfinished Life

    Dir: Lasse Hallstrom.US. 2005. 107mins.An Unfinished Life is the kind of film where you can predicteverything that will happen within moments of the story starting to unfold. Allthat remains is a simple matter of dutifully filling in the blanks.This Lasse Hallstromventure had been sitting on the shelf for some time before its world premierein Edinburgh - and it's not hard to see why. The dreary storyline, the waningbox-office pull
  • Antarmahal: Views From The Inner Chamber (Antarmahal)

    Dir: RituparnoGhosh. India. 2005. 118mins.Returning to thelate 19th century, Rituparno Ghosh spins another sumptuous, yet intimate familystory with Antarmahal: Views From The Inner Chamber, playing once morein the same register he successfully used two years ago for fellow Locarnocompetitor Chokher Bali.Less enticing andnot as rich as his previous effort - in part due to the lesse
  • Australian hit ready for international breakout

    TheAustralian drama Look Both Ways may become the country's long-awaited international breakout after taking $230,000(A$300,000) on home soil in its first week from only 17 screens.The film, which has its international premiere at Toronto, has beenthe number one film in every cinema in which
  • Banderas leads Andalucian film push

    The AndalusiaFilm Commission has announced new incentives to attract more internationalshoots to the region with the support ofnative son Antonio Banderas, whois planning to shoot his next film as a director in Malaga this autumn.Together withthe Andalusian Tourist Board, the Film Commission (AFC) has unveiled a newthree-year plan to jointly promote this southern region of Spain as both anaudiovisual and a tourist destination.Concrete plansinclude inviting film producers, direct
  • Bavaria adds three from Li, Armendariz, Svoboda

    BavariaFilm International (BFI) has added three new titles to its sales lineup fromChinese filmmaker Li Yu, Spain's Montxo Armendariz and Austria's AntoninSvoboda
  • Besson directed secret b/w feature over the summer

    Although details aresketchy, it would appear that French filmmaker Luc Besson has directed a filmin total secrecy this summer in Paris. Citing the upcoming issue of France'sPremiere magazine, Agence France Presse reports that Besson shot Angel A for seven weeks over the summer and will release thefilm in December.Local star Jamel Debbouze issaid to head the cast of the black-and-white romantic comedy about which littleelse is known apart from the fact that certain scenes were sh
  • Blitz makes fictional debut with Rocket Science

    Los Angeles-basedproduction company Duly Noted has begun filming in Baltimore on the romanticcomedy Rocket Science,Jeff Blitz's fictional follow-up to his Oscar-nominated documentary Spellbound.Rocket Science chronicles an awkward teenager's efforts to courtthe apple of his eye by joining the high school debating team.The cast ofmostly newcomers includes Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Vincent Piazza, StevePark, Lisbeth Bartlett, and Aaron Yoo.The prod
  • Boyle's Sunshine pic starts rolling in London

    Principal photography beganin London yesterday [Monday] on DNA Films and Fox Searchlight's sci-fico-production The Untitled Sunshine Project, which reunites the companies with Danny Boyle andAlex Garland, the director-writer team behind the worldwide zombie hit 28Days Later and The Beach.Set 50 years in the futurewhen a rapidly dying sun is threatening the extinction of mankind, a team ofastronauts is dispatched on a perilous mission to revive the star.Thin
  • California report tallies revenues, jobs lost to runaway production

    Runaway productions are costing the state of California $10.6m inlost tax revenues and the equivalent of 928 full-time annual jobs for a $70mproject shooting for 75 days, according to a study released by the CaliforniaFilm Commission.
  • Cannes prizewinner opens documentary festival

    An award-winning study of women's legal statusin a small community in Cameroon opens this year's 18th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).Britishfilm-makers Kim Longinotto and FlorenceAsiyi's Sisters In Law follows the work of the female publicprosecutor an
  • Celluloid Dreams closes deals on Toronto opener

    Celluloid Dreams has pickedup international sales rights on Deepa Mehta's Water which is the opening night film at the TorontoInternational Film Festival on Sept 8. Cellulloid managing directorCharlotte Mickie told the company has already closed deals withGolem for Spain, Rosebud for Greece, Australia's Dendy Films and Universum Filmin Germany.The film's originalproduction was shut down before it could begin shooting in India in 2000; a newproduction with
  • Christenson confirmed as new Initial sales chief

    Eric Christenson (pictured)has come aboard Graham King's Initial Entertainment Group as president of salesand distribution.Based in LosAngeles, Christenson started work at the company in Los Angeles on Aug 1 andreports directly to King. He replaces Stephanie Denton, who was recently nameddistribution chief at Lions Gate International.Christensonformerly established Tentpole Pictures where he consulted for Dean Devlin andNicolas Chartier's Voltage Pictures, among others.Pr
  • Cineclick announces global sales deal with Korea Pictures

    South Korean sales companyCineclick Asia has announced a strategic alliance with distributor/financierKorea Pictures, with Cineclick to represent all but two of the latter's titles.Korea Pictures had formerlyoperated a small sales division that was a regular presence at internationalmarkets but the departure of CEO Soma Chung earlier this year re
  • Citizen Dog (Ma Nakorn)

    Dir/scr: WisitSarasatieng. Thai-Fr. 2004. 100mins.Co-produced by LucBesson's EuropaCorp, Wisit Sasanatieng's follow-up to Tears Of The BlackTiger is a film of undeniable charm: a romantic fantasy already touted bysome as a Thai equivalent to Amelie. Shot in the same iridescent coloursas Black Tiger, full of surrealistic humour and musical interludes, itis inventive and often moving.Alongside the morefantastical sequences, Wi
  • Commercial UK pics spark optimism at Edinburgh

    After all the doom and gloom about the state of the British filmindustry this year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 17-28)has provided some cause for optimism.That's largely because a string of British features with decentcommercial prospects have unspooled at this year's event.Richard E Grant's Wah Wah, NickLove's The Business, Gaby Dell
  • Cooper, Phillippe team up for Universal FBI thriller

    Chris Cooper andRyan Phillippe have signed to star in Universal Pictures' true-life spythriller Breach,Billy Ray's follow-up to Shattered Glass.The studio plansto begin production towards the end of this year on the story of a trainee FBIagent who is assigned to a top secret division and begins to suspect hisarrogant employer may represent a security risk to the nation.Ray will writeand direct from his re-write of an original screenplay by Adam Mazer and BillRotko. Scott
  • De Hadeln's Montreal FilmFest announces inaugural competition

    Sevenworld premieres will be on offer at the first Festival International de Filmsdu Montreal, the upstart event at the centre of Montreal's film festival wars.TheFIFM - which is calling itself the New Montreal FilmFes
  • Directing Change names Dalton to work with Eyre on Scandal

    BAFTA award winner Hattie Daltonhas been selected as the latest female director to benefit from Women in Filmand Television (WFTV) initiative Directing Change.She will work alongside SirRichard Eyre on upcoming feature Notes From A ScandalDirecting Change is designed to address theunder-representation of women directors in the UK industry. It gives womendirectors the opportunity to work with an experienced and internationallyrecognised feature film dir
  • Foreign films dominate Australian production spending

    Spending on foreign films made in Australia over the last year was more than double thatspent on local films and Australian/international co-productions for the thirdconsecutive year.The Australian Film Commission's comprehensive annualproduction survey revealed 22local projects worth £80m (A$106m), including three Australian/UKco-productions, spent £66m (A$87m) in Australia after beginning principalphotography during the 12 months under review. Incomparison, nine foreign films wort
  • Fortissimo takes global rights to Singapore horror

    FortissimoFilms has acquired worldwide rights to MediaCorp Raintree Pictures' The Maid, Singapore's first local horrorfilm.It will belaunched internationally at the American Film Market in November.On hometurf, the picture opened at number one over the weekend, raking in $0.7m(S$1.16m) including previews. On itsopening day, it grossed $71,600 (S$119,419) on 32 prints, narrowly beating The Best B
  • Galactic launch for Real Madrid movie

    Madrid is to host the most lavish premiere in Spanish cinemahistory this week featuring the city's footballing megastars, known as galacticos.Real The Movie is the first official film featuringplayers from the Real Madrid football team.The project made a huge splash when it was unveiled atCannes last May and organisers expect an ecstatic reception for stars,including David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane The premiere will be held at the club's Bernabeu stadium onThursd
  • Giant recognised at Haugesund

    Norwegian documentary Giant has walked off with most of the top prizesat the NorwegianInternational Film Festival in Haugesund, which wrapped today (August 26).Arne B. Rostad and Hallvard Bræin's film aboutNorwegian artist Erik Bye took home the top Andreas Award as well as theaudience and local critics prize.Bye, who died last October at 78 years old, wasan acclaimed poet, philosopher and actor with a strong rebellious streak. Hewas born in New York in 1926.The f
  • Gypo

    Dir/scr: Jan Dunn. UK.2005. 98minsThe prospect of anofficially approved British Dogme film may not set hearts racing but Gypodefies any low expectations. An accomplished first feature, it makes a virtueof its adherence to the vows of cinematic chastity required by the Dogmemanifesto.
  • Israeli director completes Venice competition jury

    Amos Gitai will complete the main competition jury at theupcoming 62nd Venice Film Festival, the Biennale has announced.The Israeli director will join jury president DanteFerretti, Chinese writer Acheng, directors Claire Denis and Edgar Reitz,Icelandic musician and actress Emiliana Torrini and produce
  • Kinky Boots

    Dir: Julian Jarrold. UK.2005. 106mins.Ealing-style comedy meetsAlmodovar-style extravagance in Kinky Boots, a likable triumph of theunderdog comedy celebrating tolerance, drag queens and fabulous footwear. Thefilm has a good number of marketable elements from the intriguing premise tothe slinky soundtrack and the star performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor but it lacksthose special goosebump moments and surges of emotion that make for a surefireinternation
  • Latecomers boost Venice festival line-up

    The Venice Film Festival hasannounced two late additions to its official line-up: Paul Morrissey and BerndBohm's documentary Veruschka and Neil Marshall's horror film TheDescent.Veruschka focuses on the life of legendary model andartist Vera von Lehndorff, a muse of Salvador Dali who appeared in MichelangeloAntonioni's seminal film Blow-Up and famously collaborated with Voguemagazine.
  • Leigh, Ladd Jr win special awards at Flanders in Oct

    Mike Leigh andUS producer Alan Ladd Jr will each receive the Joseph Plateau Award for theiroutstanding achievements in filmmaking at the upcoming Flanders InternationalFilm Festival.Leigh willreceive his award from Imelda Staunton, the Oscar nominated star of his 2004drama Vera Drake.Leigh's other credits include Naked, High Hopes, Secrets And Lies, and Topsy-Turvy.Ladd Jr won thebest picture Oscar with Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey for Braveheart in 199
  • LFF opens with Gardener, closes on a Good Night

    Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener will open the 49th London Film Festival on October 19, it was announced today. The festival will welcome back Meirelles whose City Of God (Cidade De Deus) played in the 2002 line-up. The closing film, on Nov 3, will be George Clooney's second feature as director, Good Night. And, Good Luck. Sandra Hebron, artistic director of the festival said in
  • Love + Hate

    Dir/scr: Dominic SavageUK. 2005. 86mins.A timely call forracial tolerance set in an unnamed town in northern England with a large Muslimcommunity, Love+Hate will be energised, for UK distributors, by thecurrent debate on the resurgence of Islamic identity among apparentlywell-integrated second- and third-generation immigrants.Ona simpler level, though, this is a classic Romeo & Juliet yarn: agirl and boy from opposite sides of the divide fall in love;
  • MDC to mastermind Trzaskalski's San Sebastian entry

    MDCInternational is to handle world sales for Polish director Piotr Trzaskalski's TheMaster (Mistrz) which will have its world premiere in San Sebastian'sZabaltegi section next month.The title role of the master, an Afghanistan war veteran travellingthrough Poland with a knife-throwing act, is played by the Russian actorKonstantin Lavronenko.Hebecame known to international festival audiences through his hauntingperformance as the father in Andrei Zvyagintsev's The Retu
  • Molina, Daniels sign up to voice Filmax's CG Donkey

    Alfred Molinaand Jeff Daniels have signed on to voice the two lead characters in DonkeyXote, the first 3Danimated feature from Spain's Filmax.Production isalready underway at Filmax's Bren Studios in Galicia, Spain, on the $25mEnglish language adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes' classic 17th century taleabout a self-styled knight errant who roams the countryside performingchivalrous deeds.Molina andDaniels are voicing the roles of Quixote and Panza respectively and report
  • National Lampoon begins latest comedy Cattle Call

    National Lampoonand Los Angeles-based production company ProActive Media Group have begunproduction in Los Angeles on Martin Guigui's comedy National Lampoon'sCattle Call.The story follows a group oftestosterone-fuelled friends who set up a fake casting office to meet girls andare forced into making a film after they receive a torrent of interest.Thomas IanNicholas, Jenny Mollen, Andrew Katos, Deidrich Bader and Nicole Eggert star.National Lampoon plans a spring 2006 dome
  • New Line hails Crashers as year's top comedy

    New Line' s WeddingCrashers has overtaken Hitch to become the biggest grossing comedy ofthe year in North America, racing to a $180m domestic running total since itsJul 15 launch.WeddingCrashers now ranks asthe second biggest R-rated comedy of all time behind Beverly Hills Cop, which finished on $234.8m. It is alsothe seventh biggest title of the year.The picture has amassed morethan $38.5m in international markets for a worldwide cumulative box offic
  • New US outfit Kindred teams up with HispanoFilms

    Fledgling NewYork and Pennsylvania-based boutique distributor Kindred Media Group ispartnering up with HispanoFilms Distribution on the US distribution of EnriqueRenteria's Mexican comedy Dame Tu Cuerpo (Gimme Your Body).The partnerswill seek to broaden the reach of the picture, which has grossed more than $4min Mexico, as part of a strategy by Kindred to increase its repertoire ofHispanic titles.Dame TuCuerpo stars RafaelSanchez Navarro, Luz Maria Zetina, a
  • Northern relations boost southern box office in Korea

    Therunaway box office success of Welcome To Dongmakgolhas driven home a point about the South Korean box office: films about NorthKorea sell.
  • Olympian bounty for winning Taiwanese film-makers

    Taiwan's GovernmentInformation Office (GIO) yesterday announced new financial rewards foraward-winning local directors.
  • Russell shows off Hot Pants at Oldenburg

    VeteranUK director Ken Russell is to be feted with a retrospective including theworld premiere of his latest film Hot Pants at this year's OldenburgInternational Film Festival (Sept 7-11).Themaverick filmmaker will come to the festival which has been dubbed the"German Sundance" for the screening of such films as Women In Love,The Devils, Altered States and Lisztomania.Amongthe titles already confirmed for the festival programme which focuses on Germanand int
  • San Sebastian announces Films in Progress contenders

    Seven projects chosen from 80applicants from across the world will compete for completion funding in thisyear's Films in Progress initiative.
  • Serenity

    Dir/scr: Joss Whedon. US.2005. 117mins.Nine successful StarTrek movies and one X-Files outing on the big screen are ampletestimony to the enduring attraction of cult sci-fi television. That factoralone should be enough to ensure muscular box-office for Serenity, afeature spin-off from the short-lived Joss (Buffy
  • The Brothers Grimm

    Dir: Terry Gilliam. UK-CzRep. 2005. 118mins.Terry Gilliam is afilm-maker for whom the joy of cinema is more in the journey than the finaldestination. This is usually okay because of the sheer phantasmagoria of hiscreations, and the kernel of universality at the core of his colourfulidiosyncrasies. But The Brothers Grimm, the first of two Gilliamfeatures to premiere before year's end, is lost in a thicket of vagueness.
  • The Cave

    Dir:Bruce Hunt. US. 2005. 96mins.US-backedbut utilising international above- and below-the-line talent and locations, TheCave is an efficient yet routine horror thriller with what would normallyseem like a novel underground exploration setting. Unfortunately, the settingis shared with recent British caving chiller The Descent - so in theinternational marketplace at least, The Cave's commercial fortunes willdepend to some extent on the
  • The Cave

    Dir:Bruce Hunt. US. 2005. 96mins.US-backedbut utilising international above- and below-the-line talent and locations, TheCave is an efficient yet routine horror thriller with what would normallyseem like a novel underground exploration setting. Unfortunately, the settingis shared with recent British caving chiller The Descent - so in theinternational marketplace at least, The Cave's commercial fortunes willdepend to some extent on the
  • The Dark

    Dir: John Fawcett. UK.2005. 92minsA promising supernaturalthriller never quite comes to the boil in The Dark. The latest featurefrom Ginger Snaps director John Fawcett blends together the intriguingingredients of a pagan religion, a remote coastal location, the power of amother's love and the scorn of an injured child but it is ultimately tooconvoluted and frustrating for its own good. Genre fans who gave modest supportto Dark Water an
  • The Island continues buoyant international run

    Warner BrosPictures International's The Island maintained its status as the dominant overseas picture as itadded an estimated $12.4m over the weekend on more than 4,800 screens in 44markets for an $84.8m international running total.Leading thecharge was France, where the sci-fi adventure opened top on $3.4m from 640prints and drew approximately 444,000 admissions. Belgium was expected to closethe weekend at number one after grossing a very respectable $418,300 from 64.Den
  • The Rising shatters box office records in India

    Hindi blockbuster, MangalPandey - The Rising has broken boxoffice records for a Hindi film in India, taking $5m in its first week onrelease the highest ever on record.The film opened on Aug 12 on600 screens in India and grossed $3m in its first three days; so far in itssecond week it has grossed $2.5m, bringing its total to $7.5m. It is expectedto gross $12m in its theatrical release.Directed by Ketan Mehta andstarring Indian superstar Amir Khan, the film was simult
  • Tokyo governor to produce wartime drama

    Tokyo governorShintaro Ishihara will script and executive produce a film about Japanesesuicide pilots in World War II. Called Kimi no tame ni koso Shiniiku (I WillDie for You), the film will be directed by Taku Shinjo and distributed byToei. The cast andrelease date have yet to be decided. The genesis of the film is Ishihara'sfriendship with Tome Torihama, a woman who ran a canteen near an air base andcame to know many suicide pilots before they embarked on their fatal flights.A
  • Toronto lineup completed with Frears, Ritchie

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival has added four major world premieres to its line-up: StephenFrears' Mrs. Henderson Presents,starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins; Guy Ritchie's Revolver, starring Jason Statham and Ray Liotta; JackieChan-starrer The Myth, directedby Stanley Tong all to be presented as Galas -- and Martin Scorsese's documentary No DirectionHome: Bob Dylan, which will befeatured in the Masters programme. TIFF announced a wave
  • Tsotsi

    Dir: Gavin Hood. UK-S Af.2005. 94mins.Touched by the kind ofdynamism that also marked City Of God, Tsotsi brings a fresh energy tofamiliar themes of crime and redemption. Based on a novel by Athol Fugard, itoffers an unflinching portrait of post-apartheid South Africa; the lawlessshanty towns and lives bereft of hope. It also man
  • UK online rental service shut as High Court seizes assets

    Online rental has shut after UK High Court enforcement officers seized itsstock.T
  • Universal's 40 Year-Old Virgin comes top at box office

    Comedies continued to drawin the crowds over the weekend as Universal's R-rated The 40-Year-Old Virgin opened at number one on an estimated $20.6m.Launching in second placewas DreamWorks' thriller Red Eyeon $16.5m, while the British CG-animated family adventure Valiant opened through Disney in seventh place on adisappointing $6.1m. Fox's action romp Supercross flopped outside the top 10 on $1.3m.Overall there was littlechange in the box office landsca
  • Universal's Virgin is dominant at US box office

    Comedies continued to drawin the crowds over the weekend as Universal's R-rated The 40-Year-Old Virgin opened at number one on an estimated $20.6m.Launching in second placewas DreamWorks' thriller Red Eyeon $16.5m, while the British CG-animated family adventure Valiant opened through Disney in seventh place on adisappointing $6.1m. Fox's action romp Supercross flopped outside the top 10 on $1.3m.Overall there was littlechange in the box office landsca
  • Urie named as Metrodome managing director

    Peter Urie has beenappointed Managing Director of UK distributor Metrodome, following theresignation of current head Andrew Keyte, who is leaving for an as yetundisclosed job in the television industry.Urie worked for the BBC invarious roles for 12 years before founding TSS Ltd. and Media Merchants Ltd,along with 2 other partners. Both companies specialised in creating children'scontent for ITV and the BBC. Gullane Entertainment PLC acquired both companiesand subsequently sold to HIT E
  • Warhol set for major Vienna retrospective

    Andy Warhol is to be givenone of the most comprehensive presentations of his cinematic ouevre to date atthis year's Vienna International Film Festival, the Viennale (October 14-26).Curated by theUS filmmaker and author Jonas Mekas in cooperation with the Filmmuseum, theretrospective will show more than 30 of Warhol's central works as well asseveral hours of the legendary Screen Tests.Among the filmsalready confirmed for the festival's 100-title main programme are Gus vanSant's
  • Warner revs up Dukes in UK, France, Spain, Mexico

    The Warner Bros PicturesInternational (WBPI) duo of The Island and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory are expected to lead the international pack onceagain this weekend.Sci-fi actioner TheIsland, which has been the highestgrossing international release of the last two weekends, opens in Italy on Aug26. It has amassed $85.3m to date.Meanwhile Charlie And TheChocolate Factory opens in Russia onAug 26 and executives are anticipating another strong weekend
  • Weather Man world premiere to close Chicago

    The 41st ChicagoInternational Festival will open on Oct 6 with Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy Elizabethtown starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunstand closes on Oct 20 with the world premiere of Gore Verbinski's family drama TheWeather Man.The WeatherMan stars Nicolas Cageas an ambitious broadcaster who gets a shot at the big time as his personallife begins to slide out of control. Michael Caine and Hope Davis also star.Paramount will release the picture in North
  • Workingman's Death starts life with PTD

    Luxembourg-basedPaul Thiltges Distributions (PTD) will handle international sales on Austrian filmmakerMichael Glawogger's documentary Workingman's Death.Thefilm will have its world premiere in the Orizzonti sidebar at Venice nextmonth.Produced by Lotus Film with Germany's Quinte Film, Workingman'sDeath focuses on the act of performing heavy manual labour and on thoseworkers who toil at it each day under different social and economic conditionsaround the world. Pro
  • Workingman's Death starts life with PTD

    Luxembourg-based Paul Thiltges Distributions (PTD) will handle international sales on Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger's documentary Workingman's Death.The film will have its world premiere in the Orizzonti sidebar at Venice next month.Produced by Lotus Film with Germany's Quinte Film, Workingman's Death focuses on the act of performing heavy manual labour and on those workers who toil at it each day under different social and economic conditions around the world. Production stretched over t
  • Zaentz, Forman call action on Goya's Ghosts

    Milos Forman will strike up principal photography on his $36million (Euros 29m) historical drama Goya's Ghostsstarring Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard on September 5in Spain.The highly-anticipatedbiopic marks the reunion of Forman with his OneFlew Over The Cuckoo