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Score with the Kevin Costner American football drama Draft Day in Sky Store the same day as cinemas. Journeyman 50-something general manager Sonny Weaver Jr (Costner) seeks to emerge from the giant shadow of his father - if he can successfully handle the annual draft of college players to the beleaguered Cleveland Browns. The team last had a title win in 1964 and - to pile on the pressure - Sonny learns he is to become a father with one of his financial executives (Jennifer Garner). »
Rome – The Rome Film Festival, in its enth reconfiguration, has unveiled a decidedly disparate lineup for its ninth edition with a more marked populist accent comprising comedies and genre pics along with promising auteur fare – including 24 world preems – all in artistic director Marco Mueller’s self-described “suitably schizophrenic” signature style.
Contending with impediments dictated by Italian politics and the economy, Mueller in little over three months has assembled an attractive, if less abundant, mix of goods made of 51 pics innovatively divided in five sections: competition, out-of-competition, gala, mondo genre, and Italian perspectives.
The competition sees world bows of Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s “Angels Of Revolution,” which had been announced; and also Italo helmer Claudio Noce’s Alps-set thriller “The Ice Forest,” (pictured) marking Emir Kusturica’s first lead thesping role; German helmer Christoph Hochhausler “The Lies of the Victors,” a thriller about the dark underbelly of contempo politics in »
- Nick Vivarelli
Pete Hammond believes this year's Oscar race for Best Actor is the "most crowded ever" and asks why the Academy doesn't double its number of acting nominees. He calls it a "serious glut of qualified" contenders in 2014 with just under 30 legitimate men in the discussion. Hammond reminds that even "sure things" like Tom Hanks and Robert Redford could not get nominations last year. The current list starts with Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), and Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"). Then throw in Ben Affleck ("Gone Girl"), Chadwick Boseman ("Get on Up"), Gael Garcia Bernal ("Rosewater"), Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), Kevin Costner ("Black and White"), Robert Downey, Jr. ("The Judge"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Matthew McConaughey ("Interstellar"), »
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.
Voltage Pictures president Nicolas Chartier, producer of The Hurt Locker and executive producer of Dallas Buyers Club, used his keynote speech at the Zurich Summit to offer ten tips for ‘producing award-winning films at the right budget’.
The tongue-in-cheek speech, which went down a storm, included plenty of sage advice.
Chartier agreed to share the speech with Screen and below is the near-entire transcript…
‘Good morning. So yesterday on the plane I was reading Hope For Film, the biography of Ted Hope who for those who don’t know him, was one of the founders of Good Machine, a great independent company which produced Crouching Tiger, Ice Storm, In the Bedroom, Brothers McMullen and many other independent films.
He wrote, I quote: “To make art, survive independently, and make a living that is tied to modest financial gain, you have to »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Douglas Cook and David Weisberg's script follows a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) implanted with the memories and skills of a dead CIA operative in hopes of stopping a diabolical plot. [Source: Heat Vision]
Antonio Banderas is set to star in Hugh Hudson's English-language period drama "Altamira" which begins shooting in Cantabria, Spain this week. Olivia Hetreed ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") penned the script.
The story is set in 1879 and charts the story of an amateur archaeologist (Banderas) and his daughter who discover early cave art. At first celebrated, the family is thrown into crisis following a backlash against them led by the Catholic Church, scientists and other powerful forces. [Source: Screen]
Katheryn Winnick has joined the cast of »
- Garth Franklin
We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “No Vacancy” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don’t even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn’t even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of the gender divide.
Nevertheless, for 2014 it’s worse than ever and we have a serious glut of qualified Best Actor possibilities — just under 30 by my count, and even more seem to be trying to gain entry. This is the year the Board Of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really ought to amend the rules, just as »
- Pete Hammond
Man of Steel's Antje Traue is the latest to join Criminal, a thriller from Millennium Films that will star Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and others. The film follows a dangerous prison inmate (Costner) implanted with the memories and skills of a dead CIA operative in hopes of stopping a diabolical plot. It'll be directed by The Iceman helmer Ariel Vroman from a script by The Rock scribes Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Traue will play a terrorist's henchwoman. Read more Man of Steel: Film Review The actress, repped by UTA and Troika in the UK, will next be seen
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
Chris Pine follows Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin as the fourth incarnation of Tom Clancy's super-patriot Jack Ryan. In this back-story outing - not based on a Clancy novel - Ryan is a young marine recruited as a covert CIA analyst by Kevin Costner's veteran spook. He soon finds himself in the thick of it when he uncovers a Russian plot to cripple the Us economy with a terrorist attack. »
After receiving joking acknowledgment in The Wolf of Wall Street last year, awareness of ‘80s TV series The Equalizer is probably now as high as it was ever going to be. It’s hard to imagine any fans of the series clamouring for a film version more than two decades later, and even harder to say whether they’ll approve of Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation, which carries over the names of the series, but little else. A one-man A-Team,the titular Equalizer is Robert McCall, an ex-covert operative with a particular set of skills he uses to atone for a shady past, one hard-luck case at a time.
The original series was set in New York, while the film version has driven a few hours up the I-90 to move the surroundings to Boston. While the change of leading man, from proper Brit Edward Woodward to all-American-ly handsome Denzel Washington, »
- Sam Woolf
Pete Hammond says the Oscar clock is running out for powerful films starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, and Richard Gere. They all enjoyed great reviews at Toronto and elsewhere but still remain without distribution deals. If they are not seen in American theaters by the end of the year and have solid Academy Award campaigns behind them, there will be no realistic chances for Oscar nominations. Aniston "wowed" as a woman suffering from chronic pain in "Cake." Costner has one of his "best ever" performances in the racially-charged drama "Black and White." Gere has a "startling turn" as a homeless man in "Time Out of Mind." Deadline -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Scott Feinberg provides his weekly Oscar forecast and predictions for many of the races. His current Best Picture nominee frontrunners are (in order): "Interstellar, »
Several unspoken-for films came into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, that plan worked spectacularly well. It had a stirring world-premiere screening on Sept. 8 in a less-visible afternoon slot at Tiff and quickly sparked Oscar buzz for star Julianne Moore, a four-time nominee who has never won.
Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard quickly recognized the kind of role that has Oscar written all over it, and two days later the picture sold to Spc (which, despite having its largest slate of Oscar hopefuls ever, still had an »
- Pete Hammond
Amber Heard is the latest actress to join the burgeoning cast of Warner Bros.' Magic Mike Xxl, following yesterday's additions of Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith. Magic Mike Xxl star Channing Tatum also announced on his Facebook page today that the sequel is holding a contest where one lucky fan will get to be an extra on the set. Check out the video below, and visit MagicMikeContest.com to find out how you can enter, before reading on for more details on the sequel.
No details were given for Amber Heard's character, but she joins original Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello. The story revolves around a road trip to a stripper convention, which is loosely based on Channing Tatum's experiences as a 19-year-old male stripper. We reported earlier this week that Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for the sequel. »
Recently crowned Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch (Movie/Mini Actor, “Sherlock”) could well be adding an Oscar to his mantle. His new film “The Imitation Game,” a biopic of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, is on a rapid rise as an Oscar contender. Bolstered by buzz from both its world premiere at Telluride and being named the most popular film at the Toronto fest, it has shot up to fourth place in the Best Picture race. Likewise for Cumberbatch, riveting as the repressed Turing who eventually kills himself after being persecuted and prosecuted for being gay. (See the rankings of our Experts here) -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions Back in 2012, Cumberbatch had been favored to win an Emmy for an installment of the second season of “Sherlock" but lost to Kevin Costner (“Hatfields & McCoys”). His show then took an ..." »
Unlike last year, Toronto didn’t seem to herald an Oscar best-pic frontrunner. But it was the Year of the Actor, as much of the awards talk focused on performers. Some saw career revitalizations, though Al Pacino’s two roles didn’t seem to draw as much awards buzz as some other thesps.
Both are likely nominees, and “The Theory of Everything” wowed folks in many different categories.
His performance in “St. Vincent” lives up to the buzz. And the reclusive actor had fun promoting it.
- Tim Gray
Gary Oldman and producing partner Douglas Urbanski are teaming with producer/writer/director Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures to produce an original series for Spike TV called “Deep Web,” the network announced Tuesday. Inspired by a recent Time cover story on the Silk Road online marketplace, “Deep Web” will tell the story of an ambitious computer aficionado in Silicon Valley who, with the help of his friends, evolves into an Internet underworld crime boss fueled by a web portal where people can buy anything from a kidney to cocaine to a rocket-launcher. Also read: Gary Oldman in Talks to Join Kevin Costner. »
- Linda Ge
Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.
The Rome Film Festival (Oct 16–25) has announced the first English-language titles for its ninth edition. They include:
Time Out of Mind, Oren MovermanTrash, Stephen DaldryLove, Rosie, Christian DitterBlack and White, Mike BinderStonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson.
Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a man in dire straits who is forced to find refuge in a homeless shelter. The European premiere will screen in the festival’s Cinema d’Oggi (Cinema Today) section.
Daldry’s anticipated drama Trash, which will have its European premiere in Rome, charts the story of three Brazilian children who make a discovery in a garbage dump that leads to a chase with the authorities. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star.
Larry Wasserman has joined Skydance Productions in the newly created role of Chief Financial Officer. He will oversee Skydance’s finance, accounting, and administrative operations, as well as back up new initiatives of a company that right now is flying on all cylinders. Skydance CEO David Ellison hired Wasserman, who most recently was CFO for DreamWorks and spent a decade there, helping secure $1 billion in funding through Reliance and Jp Morgan Chase. Before that, Wasserman worked for Universal.
“Larry’s wealth of knowledge and depth of experience make him the perfect addition to our company as we continue to grow and expand our film and television business,” Ellison said.
Skydance has become a franchise factory, aligned with Paramount Pictures. They just wrapped the first installment of the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Genisys for July 1, 2015 release, and are shooting Mission: Impossible 5 with Chris McQuarrie and Tom Cruise; Star Trek 3 »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Marco Muller announced Tuesday the first five English-language pictures in the upcoming ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival. European premieres include Mike Binder’s Black and White, Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum, Stephen Saldry’s Trash and Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind. German director Christian Ditter brings the international premiere of Love, Rosie to the festival. Black and White premiered to great acclaim in Toronto, earning early Oscar buzz for its leads Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film, based on a true story, explores racial tension when Costner and Spencer’s characters must feud over
- Ariston Anderson
Back To The Future Part III isn't the most popular film in the trilogy. But Simon argues this sci-fi western deserves more love...
I don't think I'm going out on much of a limb by saying that, in general, Back To The Future Part III is the least talked about film in the trilogy. It shouldn't be, in my personal view, but it's the one that generally puts technology on the back burner, introduces a love story, and visually is the most different.
Personally, I've never thought the labelling of Back To The Future Part III as the least liked film in the series - as some have - is particular fair, though. My 10-year old would go even further. It's his favourite of the lot.
So why then do some not warm to it as much? Well, let's deal with that, before I go onto the film in more detail. »
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