According to the Facebook page for Brian De Palma's Passion, Wild Bunch plans to show a teaser for the film at its offices in Cannes during the film festival. The offices are located at 4 la Croisette. But the real exciting part of the new Facebook page is the set of six pictures posted yesterday, including the one above and the several below. These images are tantalizing, and anticipation for this film is only just ramping up...

An erotic thriller in the tradition of "Dressed To Kill" and "Basic Instinct", Brian De Palma's PASSION tells the story of a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. Christine possesses the natural elegance and casual ease associated with one who has a healthy relationship with money and power. Innocent, lovely and easily exploited, her admiring protégé Isabelle is full of cutting-edge ideas that Christine has no qualms about stealing. They're on the same team, after all... Christine takes pleasure in exercising control over the younger woman, leading her one step at a time ever deeper into a game of seduction and manipulation, dominance and humiliation. But when Isabelle falls into bed with one of Christine's lovers, war breaks out. On the night of the murder, Isabelle is at the ballet, while Christine receives an invitation to seduction. From whom? Christine loves surprises. Naked she goes to meet the mystery lover waiting in her bedroom...
Such a tease...! So, aside from a naked Rachel McAdams, there is one more new piece of information to glean from the above: it looks like the movie theater of the original Alain Corneau film (Love Crime) has been changed to the ballet. Knowing of De Palma's love for Powell & Pressburger's The Red Shoes, and recalling Carlito's longing for Gayle in the beautifully heartbreaking ballet class scene in De Palma's Carlito's Way, this sounds intriguing, to say the least.
(Thanks to Mary!)

The above poster is being used to represent Brian De Palma's Passion for SBS Productions and Wild Bunch Distribution at the Film Market of the Cannes Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the IMDB has added Rainer Bock to its Passion cast credits, where he is listed as "Inspector Bach." Bock, pictured here, is a veteran German actor of the stage, TV, and film. He has appeared in Steven Spielberg's War HorseQuentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. In 2008, Bock appeared in Caroline Link's A Year Ago In Winter, which featured Passion's Karoline Herfurth in a starring role.

Also of note is a post from Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere, who visited Studio Babelsberg on Friday, one week after the Passion crew likely cleared out of there. Wells' post includes a couple of interesting videos he took while being given a tour of the studio. In one video, the tour guide, Eike Wolf (Studio Babelsberg's head of corporate communication), shows Wells where parts of Cloud Atlas were recently filmed, and in another, they walk through a room full of props, including a copy of the British prime minister's book from Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer



It didn’t take long to crank up the backlash against European voters. This is inevitable whenever a socialist wins a major election, but particularly now, when new French president François Hollande rode to victory shouting, "Austerity can no longer be inevitable!"
This sounds like the beginning of what will be a very heated debate over who has to pay for the excesses of the financial crisis. It was previously assumed that everybody but the actual financial services sector would have to pay, but voters in Europe now are refusing to go along, sparking a wave of eye-rolling editorials in the financial press. Even David Brooks got into the act today, penning a lugubriouseditorial about the errant political instincts of the populist masses here and abroad.
Markets all over the world freaked out over the prospect of having ignorant European voters meddling in the recovery process the geniuses of the high finance world had already painstakingly laid out for them. The model for economic progress in the financial bubble era, after all, is supposed to go something like this:
1. Let banks inflate massive asset bubbles with the aid of cheap or even free government cash, and tons of leverage;
2. Before it all explodes, carve out gigantic sums for bonuses and compensation for the companies that inflated those bubbles;
3. After it explodes, get the various governments to bail those companies out;
4. Pay for it all by slashing services to what’s left of the middle class.
    This is the model we used in America. We had a monster asset bubble based on phony mortgages, which Wall Street was allowed to inflate to spectacular dimensions with minimal reserve capital, huge amounts of leverage, and tons of fraud for good measure. When that bubble exploded, we first rescued the banks who inflated the thing in the first place, and then our plan for paying for it mostly revolved around folks like Paul Ryan and Chris Christie, who made great political hay by trying to take an ax to "entitlements" like health care and retirement benefits.
    They're replaying the same script in Europe, sort of. The causes of crises in places like Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy vary somewhat and are less simple to define, but a common denominator in all of them is weak growth mixed with giant budget deficits.

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/austerity-cant-be-a-one-way-street-20120508#ixzz1vKYAxlkv



    Events in memory of the anniversary of the Genocide of the Pontiacs are planned for Thursday, May 19th, by the Pontiac organizations and clubs. With concentrations in Thessaloniki and Athens, the Pan-Pontiac Federation of Greece (WTO) and the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Pontiac Societies (POPS) will honor on Thursday afternoon, May 19th, the memory of victims of the Pontiac Greeks. The main meeting in Thessaloniki will be held at 7:30 p.m. at St. Sophia Square and will follow a parade which will head to the Turkish consulate. At 6:30 p.m., the local Pontiac clubs will be gathered in Syntagma, Athens. Speakers at the gathering of WTO in Thessaloniki will be Michael Charalambides and Greek-American politician Leonidas Raptakis and in Athens, the MP of the Swedish parliament, Nick Papadopoulos. Earlier in the afternoon there will be a bike ride on the “Run for Life, Run for the Memory”, inspired by the  Chortiatis in Thessaloniki which will end at the time of the gathering at Saint Sophia Square. The bike ride will be also held by the Pontiac clubs in Athens a day earlier, on May 18th. This ride will start from the Acropolis and will end at the monument of the Unknown Soldier, where the Evzones of the Republican Guard will make the shift, dressed in the traditional costume of the Pontiac Greeks.

    Greek genocide also known as the Pontic genocide, was the systematic killing of the Greek population of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and its aftermath (1914–1923). It was instigated by the government of the Ottoman Empire against the Greek population of the Empire and it included massacres, forced deportations involving death marches, summary expulsions, arbitrary executions, and destruction of Christian Orthodox cultural, historical and religious monuments. According to various sources, several hundred thousand Ottoman Greeks died during this period.[1] Other sources put the number at around 2 million. [2] [3]Some of the survivors and refugees, especially those in Eastern provinces, took refuge in the neighbouring Russian Empire. After the end of the 1919–22 Greco-Turkish War, most of the Greeks remaining in the Ottoman Empire were transferred to Greece under the terms of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Armenians, and some scholars consider those events to be part of the same policy of extermination.[4][5][6]


    Democrats in Greece and  Europe,
     It is an unprecedented scandal for whole Europe and the world, inconceivable after the world war II, that a nazi party, namely “Chrysi Avgi” (Golden Dawn), enters the Greek parliament in the 2012 elections. It isn’t because the anti-Hitler and anti-nazi hatred of our people has faded away that we are today facing this hideous possibility. We are facing it because the political regime has for many years been unanimously PROTECTING AND BOOSTING THAT MURDEROUS GANG into the political life of the country, by hiding its hilterian character from the people and even worse, by relativizing the meaning and seriousness of that character. In particular, all parliamentary parties, that today seem to be “astonished” at the rise of “Chr. Avgi”, have been doing the following for years now:
  1. They have never denounced “Chrysi Avgi” as a nazi murderous gang but let it pass for a legal and ordinary political party.
  2. They allowed those overt and audacious nazis to participate in all electoral battles, and at that they’ ve been inviting them to sessions jointly with all parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties, in order to commonly define the television times available for each one.
  3. The state and the whole political parliamentary spectrum has let them unaccountable for their violence against democratic citizens and especially against migrants for years.
  4. They allow them dissolve events and destroy the offices of national minorities parties, and at that under the cover of the police.
  5. They “pushed” them into getting elected to the Municipal council of Athens and watched its leader addressing the nazi salute inside the town hall with full “understanding”.
  6. They let them formally participate to the schools parades on the October 28 national day.
  7. The most important is that the whole political regime has imposed them as “protectors” of the population in a neighborhood of the center of Athens, at Agios Panteleimonas square. In that area, they’ ve been ceded the right to stab the migrants at will and to forbid the existence and propaganda of the other parties, that is the right to impose their own nazi, racist dictatorship from now on.

  8. This so far partial and de facto enforcement of the nazi law in the country has also been to a degree imposed de jure. The Greek highest court, the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos), decided in 2010, having all parliamentary parties by its side, that the praise of nazism was legal and that the hitlerian calling for extermination of the Jews was also legal and at that justified, since he did it invoking the allegation that the Jews “conspire” so as to conquer the world hegemony. This was the rationale by which the arch-nazi K. Plevris was acquitted in 2010 from the charges concerning his book, a praise to Hitler and the SS, entitled “Jews the whole truth”.
    This fascistization of the Greek political life and of justice, as well as their favoring for “Chr. Avgi” began much earlier than the economic crisis in Greece and has nothing to do with that. The economic crisis has simply facilitated the political regime to push “Chr. Avgi” into parliament right now. At that, the economic crisis couldn’t alone suffice to boost a hitlerian party in a country such as Greece, that has suffered untold torchures during the nazi occupation. Besides, there are other over-reactionary parties that have also strengthened during the crisis by turning against the old political world and thus canalizing the people’s rage. The political regime has given “Chr. Avgi” another provocative helping hand so that it could strengthen: they have widely opened up the borders of the country – they alone in the whole EU and at that during the crisis – to a huge mass of migrants (almost 120,000 per year), and settled them in the center of Athens by making them cherish the hope that they could reach Western Europe. They keep this hope alive through their all-European campaign to make the rich countries of the EU open up their borders to the immigrants from Greece. This huge mass of migrants is being “piled up” in the depressed center of Athens by the Greek state. In this way abruptly the life conditions in the centre have become not only insanitary but also inhumane for the migrants as well as for the local population, that views criminality raising and thus, under conditions of wide unemployment, feels estranged and expelled from their place. At this point the nazis of “Chr. Avgi” appear, with the consent of the police and all political parties, so as to enforce the “law and order”. That is they perpetrate selective pogroms against migrants by stabbing them or “persuading” them to move and showy “clean up” some spots of the town with symbolic significance from the migrants, who are being channeled into new locations. They also offer the shop-keepers protection and recently they’ve been accompanying the elderly to the bank for money withdrawals. These are measures of political propaganda that only instill racism to inhabitants without solving the problem, which is the provocative “open borders” policy, and which causes split among the people as well as between the long staying and the newly arrived immigrants. The anti-migrant racism is also being fomented by the “free breach of minimum wage standards” policy in each sector.