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Sarajevo fest to honour Atom Egoyan

3 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) is to pay tribute to Canadian director Atom Egoyan, who will receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to film.

The festival will screen three of his films: Exotica (1994), set in and around a fictional strip club; Cannes award-winner The Sweet Hereafter (1997); and Ararat (2002), a drama about the Armenian genocide.

Egoyan, who was born to Armenian parents in Egypt but moved to Canada aged two, has directed more than a dozen features, several TV projects, and shorts.

Following critical acclaim and accolades for Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat, his films of the past decade have included crime drama Where The Truth Lies, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon; true crime drama Devil’s Knot, again with Firth and Reese Witherspoon; and thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds.

Egoyan’s latest feature, Remember, starring »

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‘Spider-Man’ Director: Character Is “The Most Grounded, Relatable” Superhero

18 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jon Watts got the gig as the new Spider-Man director for Marvel and Sony thanks in large part to his Sundance entry Cop Car, which casts Kevin Bacon as a sheriff on the trail of two kids who have taken his cruise for a joyride. That film shows a great deal of empathy for, and understanding […]

The post ‘Spider-Man’ Director: Character Is “The Most Grounded, Relatable” Superhero appeared first on /Film. »

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Johnny Depp Gets Serious In New Black Mass Poster

23 hours ago | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We've had a look at Johnny Depp's baldy visage in an early poster and a trailer for upcoming crime drama Black Mass. Now it's time for this Boston crim, hardly known for his collaborative spirit, to share the limelight with a few of his fellow characters. In a movie in which little will be black and white, there's some serious shades of grey among this lot.With Out Of The Furnace’s Scott Cooper directing, Black Mass tells the story of Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double-crossed Bulger and prosecuted him. Bulger fled in 1994, was captured in 2011 in California and has since been sentenced to two consecutive life »

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What Spider-Man Star Tom Holland Will Bring To The Hero

29 July 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Holland will make his first appearance in the McU as Spider-Man with the coming of Captain America: Civil War before branching out on his own in a standalone Spider-Man movie. Jon Watts of the upcoming Cop Car and last year.s horror film Clown is the man helming the solo outing for the web-slinger, and he says Holland will be bringing a new spin on the hero that never seen before.  Watts spoke with Entertainment Weekly mainly to promote Cop Car with Kevin Bacon, but he had the opportunity to speak briefly about Spider-Man. With regards to what new qualities we can expect from Holland.s character, he said,  [Tom] can be a real high school student. That.s why people love Spider-Man. He.s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. »

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Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs

29 July 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.

With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »

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Burt and Those Damned Graboids are back in Tremors 5: Bloodlines…with Jamie Kennedy

28 July 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

If you’ve seen any of the film in the Tremors series, then chances are that you already know what’s in store with this one (and that isn’t a bad thing). The series has always been a fun one, and while none of the sequels have full captured the magic of the Kevin Bacon-led original film, each of the sequels had their own unique personalities. Heading to a DVD/Bluray/Digital combo-pack this October 6th, Universal’s latest installment, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, looks to have returning hero Burt (Michael Gross) partner up with Randy himself, Jamie Kennedy, in an adventure that leads them to Africa to face some vicious creatures.

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy »

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Spider-Man: Jon Watts on directing the new movie

28 July 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jon Watts is the man charged with bringing Spider-Man back to the big screen

The next couple of years are going to be busy for director Jon Watts. He was announced just a month or two back now as the man to direct the new standalone Spider-Man movie, which is set for release in 2017. Tom Holland will be taking the title role, and this'll be the first Spider-Man movie that's had Marvel Studios' paws near it. It's producing the film alongside Sony Pictures.

Watts' breakthrough feature, Cop Car (starring Kevin Bacon), is beginning its Us roll-out, and thus he's been doing interviews for the new movie. Inevitably, it didn't take long for the conversation to switch to Spider-Man.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, he revealed that at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year  - his first - that Marvel "got to see Cop Car and they really liked it »

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'The Martian,' 'Black Mass' Lead Toronto Film Festival Lineup

28 July 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut, and Black Mass, a Seventies-era crime drama about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp), are among the first crop of movies announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The Martian — based on the bestseller by Andy Weir — will make its world premiere at Tiff. It stars Damon as an astronaut left to fend for himself on the red planet after being separated from his crew in their attempt to flee Mars amidst a storm. »

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Kevin Bacon Loses Charity Ice Cream Eating Contest to 7-Year-Old: Funny Photos, Video

28 July 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Better luck next time, Kevin Bacon. His last name may suggest otherwise, but Bacon isn't all that good at competitive eating contests. The Footloose actor, 57, accepted 7-year-old Ethan's challenge to see who could eat the most ice cream in six seconds. The winner would nab bragging rights while the loser would fork over a $6 donation to the Give Kids the World charity. "Ethan here thinks that he can eat more ice cream than me, so he's challenged me to a contest. Why six seconds and [...] »

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'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Fantasia 2015 Must See Films (Week Three)

26 July 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Considered the world’s largest genre film festival and running over three weeks long, Fantasia is celebrating its 19th edition this year and the lineup is pretty incredible. This year’s fest runs July 14 through August 4 and will see over 130 feature films including more than 20 world premieres. Legendary filmmaker Sion Sono is delivering three new movies with Tag, Love & Peace, and Shinjuku Swan, meanwhile Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story are bringing horror anthologies back to the big screen. In addition, the festival will offer up the Montreal premiere of Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, the world premiere of Israeli horror flick Jeruzalem, the world premiere of Assassination Classroom and the first Canadian screening of the Canadian/Kiwi festival hit Turbo Kid. The festival is rounded out with screenings of Big Match, Crumbs, Deathgasm, The Demolisher, Experimenter, Cooties, We Are Still Here, The Editor, Cub, He Never Died, »

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Johnny Depp’s Black Mass to have world premiere at Venice Film Festival

24 July 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the Venice Film Festival slowly confirming its line-up for this year’s 72nd festival, news has come via Variety that Warner Bros. Pictures’ crime drama Black Mass is to have its world premiere out of competition.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Black Mass stars Johnny Depp (Public Enemies) as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger alongside a stellar cast including Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Night Moves), Adam Scott (The Overnight), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Kevin Bacon (Cop Car).

See Also: Watch the new trailer for Black Mass

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, »

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News Bits: Jem, Happy-ish, Knuckles, Mass

24 July 2015 1:41 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jem and the Holograms

Universal is giving "Jem and the Holograms" fans a chance to appear in the upcoming teen-musical fantasy. Winners of this digital casting call will be selected based on "Jem"-inspired videos posted on social channels like YouTube.

The 'Star in Jem' contest is inviting anyone to post multiple videos of themselves singing or dancing to one of the songs from the movie (after downloading music from the site). For actors, the studio is looking for testimonials addressed to the fictional Jem about "how she has given you courage to be yourself." [Source: Variety]


Showtime has canceled its freshman dark comedy "Happyish" after one season. Steve Coogan replaced the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who was originally slated to star.

The series launched this spring to just 430,000 total viewers and mixed reviews, and it failed to pick up an Emmy nomination. [Source: The Live Feed]

White Knuckles

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Johnny Depp Heading to Venice Film Festival for 'Black Mass' World Premiere

24 July 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Johnny Depp Turns Cold-Blooded Mob Boss In The New Trailer For Crime Drama ‘Black Mass’ Just days after the New York Film Festival lined up the world premiere of Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," the fall film festival circuit continues to take shape thanks to the 72nd Venice Film Festival, which has secured the world premiere of Scott Cooper's "Black Mass." The Johnny Depp-starring drama will screen out-of-competition. Based on the book of the same name by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, the drama stars Depp as notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who became an FBI informant to eliminate criminal competition from the '70s to the early '90s. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, among many others. The film will be released on September 18. The Venice Film Festival runs September 2-12. As previously announced, »

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'Black Mass' to get Venice world premiere

24 July 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.

Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, which tells the true story of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (September 2-12) on September 4 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.

Johnny Depp stars as Bulger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Jesse Plemons (Paul) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).

Edgerton plays an FBI agent who forms an alliance with Bulger in an attempt to take down their mutual rival the Italian mob.

Producers are John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.

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Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' Will Officially Play The Venice Film Festival Out Of Competition

24 July 2015 4:08 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As it turns out, those early reports were correct. Today, the Biennale di Venezia announced the out-of-competition world premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated drama "Black Mass," directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart," "Out of the Furnace") at the  72nd Venice International Film Festival. The mobster drama stars Johnny Depp as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, along with an ensemble cast that features Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon. "Black Mass" makes the second out of competition film announced in Vence after "Everest," the opening night film. Read More: The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals "Black Mass" will be screened on Friday September 4th 2015 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido. Directed by Alberto Barbera and »

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ To World Premiere In Venice

24 July 2015 3:42 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Venice Film Festival organizers today announced that Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-starring biopic of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will get its world premiere out of competition at this year’s fest. Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), the film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon. The film will screen September 4 in the Sala Grande. Venice’s dates this year are… »

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Johnny Depp-Starrer ‘Black Mass’ To World Premiere At Venice Film Festival

24 July 2015 3:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 72nd Venice Film Festival has confirmed that U.S. director Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” toplining Johnny Depp, will world premiere out-of-competition, as predicted by Variety.

Black Mass” will screen on Friday, Sept. 4, in the Sala Grande venue in the Lido’s Palazzo del Cinema.

Black Mass,” which Warner Bros. will release in the U.S. on Sept. 18, is a biopic of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Depp, who became an FBI informant and used this status to eliminate criminal competition during the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s. The Italian release is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Pic also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, making for a hefty dose of star power likely to be disembarking on the Lido.

Black Mass” is produced by John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

23 July 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »

- Andre Soares

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Watch: Kevin Bacon Reminds You to Exercise Good Movie Theater Etiquette in Alamo Drafthouse PSA

23 July 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Sundance Review: Kevin Bacon Takes on Troublemaking Kids in Entertaining 'Cop Car' Kevin Bacon is here to serve some justice with an Alamo Drafthouse PSA. The "Cop Car" actor took the time to remind audiences of good movie theater manners, with a campy green screen video that emphasized the dangers of talking and texting during a movie. To avoid the sentence of committing a "crime against cinema," it's important to remind yourself, and loved ones, to not infringe upon the viewing pleasures of others in a theater.  To see more of Kevin Bacon in a sheriff uniform and a pretty intimidating mustache, catch "Cop Car" on August 7.  Read More: Watch: Kevin Bacon is a Nasty Sheriff in 'Cop Car' Trailer »

- Sarah Choi

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