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6 items from 2017

Central and Eastern European Festivals Unearth Regional Talent

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The fast-track rise of dozens of film festivals in Eastern and Central Europe has created a proving ground for scores of emerging filmmaking talents, creating tight competition for fests striving to present the brightest new visionaries in the region.

One event that draws the attention of scouts despite freezing winter weather, the Black Nights fest in Tallinn, Estonia, offers a handy overview of Baltic talent.

Tallinn-born helmer Tanel Toom, whose 2010 short “The Confession” was Oscar-nommed and screened in the festival’s shorts sidebar, is now prepping his feature debut, sci-fi thriller “Gateway 6,” according to its programmer Hannes Aava, who is eagerly awaiting a look.

Another Estonian filmmaker to watch, musicvideo maker Triin Ruumet, won the jury prize last year for her debut “Days That Confused,” a wild ride through teenage wasteland, at Karlovy Vary’s East of West section, which focuses on films from the former East Bloc.

Estonian Vallo Toomla, »

- Will Tizard

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Versatile launches crime thriller 'Döner' with Jean Luc Herbulot

9 February 2017 10:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Hugo Becker [pictured] stars in project from the director of Dealer.

Paris-based Versatile is starting sales at the European Film Market (Efm) on buzzy young French film-maker Jean Luc Herbulot’s organised crime thriller Döner set against the backdrop of a kebab restaurant in Paris.

It is the second feature for Herbulot – who is represented by Wme and has projects in development in the Us too — after his much-praised French-language feature debut Dealer, which shot over two weeks on a budget of just $175,000.

Hugo Becker, whose recent credits include playing ambitious political aide Cyril in hit series Baron Noir, plays a Max, a young man with entrepreneurial ambitions who gets a job in a kebab shop following his release from jail. He soon learns that there is more to the fast food joint than meets the eye.

“I got the idea for the script one night when I went for a kebab with a friend and a fight »

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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94

27 January 2017 4:42 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Barbara Hale, who played secretary Della Street in the “Perry Mason” television series and movies, died Thursday. She was 94.

According to a Facebook post by her son William Katt, Hale passed away at her home on Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon,” Katt, star of the television series “The Greatest American Hero,” wrote Friday. “She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks Ca surrounded by close family and dear friends. We’ve all been so lucky to have her for so long. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with. A wonderful actress and smart business woman she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother! We’re all a little lost without her but we have extraordinary stories and memories to take with us for the rest of our lives.

Hale played Street, assistant to Raymond Burr’s titular lawyer, in »

- Daniel Holloway

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Box Office Bomb Ben-Hur Left Star Jack Huston Heartbroken

25 January 2017 8:24 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Are remakes almost always doomed? Ben-Hur star Jack Huston tends to think so. While Disney had a stellar year at the box office, other studios weren't so lucky. And Paramount suffered one of the biggest casualties when its big budget blockbuster Ben-Hur failed to connect with an audience of any kind, going onto be one of last year's biggest financial disasters. It was an outright bomb. And it broke Huston's heart.

Jack Huston is perhaps best known for his role as Richard Harrow on HBO's hit drama Boardwalk Empire, which ended its run in 2014. Ever since, Huston has been hard at work trying to become one of Hollywood's leading men. He took on the lead role in a remake of The Crow, but the studio behind that movie filed for bankruptcy and he soon departed the fledglinging project. He settled on another remake as his big breakout, with the biblical themedBen-Hur, »

- MovieWeb

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6 Memorable Moments From Past Oscar Nomination Ceremonies

23 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

We’re just hours away from finding out the nominations for the 2017 Oscars — but this year is going to be a little different. Instead of a decades-old tradition of delivering the nominations via a live ceremony with press and publicists in attendance, the Academy has a new format and will produce its own in-house announcement that will stream online and on Good Morning America. The super early reveal time, unfortunately, will be sticking around.

There are different ways of looking at this change in the process. It could be a way to go more digital and spread the nominations in a more efficient way or it is an opportunity for the Academy — specifically president Cheryl Boone Isaacs — to avoid having to confronting the press about how the nominations shake up. Before this modification takes hold, let’s look »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Great Job, Internet!: A look at Orson Welles’ Touch Of Evil shows how studios mishandled his movie

23 January 2017 2:11 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The story of Orson Welles is famously tragic: A wunderkind who made what many consider to be the greatest movie right out of the gate at 25, Citizen Kane, his career was then squandered through a variety of studio battles, so that he only wound up with a handful of masterpieces instead of the many he surely had in him. One of his later efforts, which he wrote, directed, and co-starred in, was 1958’s Touch Of Evil. The gritty late-era noir has Charlton Heston playing a Mexican drug-enforcement official at the U.S. border, and features Janet Leigh as Heston’s wife, a young Dennis Weaver, Marlene Dietrich as a madam, and Welles as corrupt sheriff Hank Quinlan. Welles was in his 40s by this time, and grossly obese, but his work behind the camera on Touch Of Evil (including the still-famous three-minute opening tracking shot) convinced him that »

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