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Sundance Premieres section sees changes

30 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

At the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the gala Premieres, which used to take place in the chilly nighttime, will begin as early as 3 p.m. And there will be more Premieres than ever.

As the Sundance Institute announced the lineup of films screening out of competition at its 2008 edition, organizers said that the Premieres section has significantly expanded. This year, 24 films will play as galas, occupying the 3, 6 and 9:30 p.m. slots at the Eccles Theater in Park City, the festival's largest venue. By contrast, there were 17 Premieres at this year's Sundance.

Although he admitted he was tempted, festival director Geoffrey Gilmore said the size of Sundance has not expanded. The festival will again screen 121 feature films, which includes 81 world premieres. What organizers have done, director of programming John Cooper said, is to reposition films in the Spectrum category, which previously played in the 3 p.m. slot, into the Premiere section.

"These are films that deserve that (Premiere) position inside the Eccles," Cooper said.

The announcement rounds out the rest of the 2008 program, which includes Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight sections. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The Premieres section showcases highly anticipated films from the American indie world and from international filmmakers. Perhaps the two most highly anticipated films are music related.

Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington's 3-D film of U2's Vertigo world tour -- snippets of which were shown in May at the Festival de Cannes -- will be presented in its entirety. The only question is: What 3-D glasses will be used?

Gilmore said the festival must decide between two different kinds of glasses or goggles. "Either way, there will be a single projector putting a split film image on the screen that are read by the (3-D) goggles," he said.

This year's closing-night film will be the world premiere of Bernard Shakey's CSNY Deja Vu, which looks at the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion tour and the musicians' connection to its audience in political and musical terms. Young is credited as a co-writer on the project.

Pellington performs a twofer this year as his Henry Poole Is Here also is in the Premieres section. After discovering he has a mere six weeks to live, Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) retreats from his everyday life for the comfort of booze, junk food and solitude until a "miracle" and his oddball neighbors intervene.

Another person who will be doing Q&As more than once will be actress-director Amy Redford, daughter of Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford. As an actress, she stars in Sunshine Cleaning, an irreverent comedy that will play in Dramatic Competition. As a first-time director, she will present The Guitar, which like Henry Poole, centers on a person diagnosed with a terminal illness. Amos Poe's Guitar screenplay is about a woman (Saffron Burrows) without long to live who blows her savings to pursue her dreams.

Michel Gondry came to Sundance two years ago with his mind-blowing The Science of Sleep. He now returns with his Be Kind Rewind, in which Jack Black plays a man whose brain has become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of all the movies in a friend's video store. In order to keep the store's one loyal customer, the pair re-create a long line of films including The Lion King, Rush Hour and Ghostbusters.

" 'Be Kind Rewind' will tax people's patience but has a wonderful payoff," Gilmore said.

As previously announced, the festival opens Jan. 17 in Park City with the world premiere of In Bruges, written and directed by first-time filmmaker and award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh. The film, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, revolves around two hitmen ordered to take a forced holiday in Bruges, Belgium.

Two films about filmmaking should amuse the in-crowd. In Barry Levinson's What Just Happened? Robert De Niro plays a desperate producer struggling with a desperate film shoot. In Steven Schachter's The Deal, William H. Macy co-writes and stars in a tale about another similarly desperate producer who cons a studio into financing a film that actually has no script.

The tongue-in-cheek latter film "brings back Meg Ryan to the kind of romantic roles she plays so well," Gilmore said.

Premieres also is the section containing several films seen at earlier festivals such as writer-director Tom McCarthy's The Visitor and Alan Ball's Nothing Is Private -- movies that deal with immigrants in America -- which debuted at Toronto, and Tom Kalin's Savage Grace, which rocked Cannes with its themes of dynastic decline, incest, madness and death.

Sundance 2008 will throw an even brighter spotlight on documentaries by creating a sidebar within the Spectrum category for seven docus.

"The professional career of documentarians has changed dramatically," Gilmore said. "Documentaries were once a small world. Now it's a much broader spectrum of professionals and of people who move back and forth between features and documentaries, making films on subjects they are passionate about."

The Spectrum section also is where returning Sundance alums are to be found. To wit, Made in America by Stacy Peralta, who enjoyed a hit at the 2001 festival with Dogtown and Z-Boys; Blind Date from Stanley Tucci, who has come to Sundance with such interesting films as Big Night (1996) and Joe Gould's Secret (2000); August from Austin Chick, who made 2002's "XX/XY"; Baghead by writer-directors Mark and Jay Duplass, who brought Scrapple in 2004; and Bottle Shock, a retelling of the famous 1976 blind wine tasting in Paris that rocketed California wines to fame and glory, from Randall Miller, whose Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School played in 2005.

Park City at Midnight usually is the repository of the strange and the bloody. This year, though, Gilmore insisted, "the genre films are very fresh with a strong quality of execution."

Quentin Tarantino, absent from Park City for a few years, returns to "present" Larry Bishop's modern-day take on 1960s biker flicks, Hell Ride. A German-Canadian Midnight entry, Otto (Up With Dead People), is described by Gilmore as "an incredibly odd but interesting mix of gay zombies and a European setting."

The British Donkey Punch, named after a risky sexual practice, is a thriller that takes place aboard a luxury yacht. And Michael Haneke will bring Funny Games, an almost shot-by-shot remake of his 1997 Austrian chiller, only this time in English and in a Long Island setting. »

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Studios seeing Sundance Film Festival spots

20 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Sundance Film Festival won't announce its full program until next week and won't screen its first film for nearly two months. But barely halfway through November, the buzz is starting over an unusually large number of high-profile titles that could command an ever higher set of prices.

"There are a lot of English-language movies with stars that I'm expecting to end up at the festival," one veteran acquisitions executive said. "And that means we're going to see not just indie and specialty buyers coming out to bid but people at the studio level as well."

The prospect of a star-heavy festival is dovetailing with the bigger force dictating all things in Hollywood these days: the writers strike. If the stoppage continues and studios don't like the number or quality of their existing scripts, the finished-film market is a good place to turn.

And with stars filling every corner of that market, it might, in fact, be the first place they turn.

Such movies as the Bill Pullman-Patricia Clarkson drama Phoebe in Wonderland, Barry Levinson's Hollywood spoof and Robert De Niro starrer What Just Happened? and the Tom Hanks vehicle The Great Buck Howard are all potential Sundance movies on distributors' lips. (Execs caution, of course, that none of these movies is guaranteed entry to the festival, with Sundance known for its eclectic and sometimes surprising lineups.)

On Monday, Sundance announced its opening-night movie, Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, a star-laden picture in its own right, with Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes toplining the movie about hit men in Belgium; the film already has distribution from Focus Features. »

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Tribeca, Gucci issue grants

20 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Documentaries are now in fashion, and vice versa.

Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci are teaming to launch the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, designed to provide finishing funds and postproduction guidance for issue-oriented nonfiction films.

A total of $80,000 in grants will be divided among at least three filmmakers next year from TFI. They will be selected by the organization, Gucci execs and a committee of docu filmmakers, based largely on their potential impact on social change and coverage of issues not extensively featured in the mainstream media.

The initiative is spearheaded by Tribeca Film Institute co-chairmen Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro and Gucci America president Daniella Vitale. Gucci previously launched a docu completion fund with the Ambulante Film Festival to support the work of three Mexican filmmakers in February.

Documentary filmmakers with projects in production or postproduction can submit a proposal along with a trailer, scene assemblage or rough-cut between Feb. 5 and April 11. »

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Stewart enters 'Twilight' zone

16 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kristen Stewart will star in Summit Entertainment's Twilight, a vampire thriller-romance based on Stephenie Meyer's best-seller. Catherine Hardwicke is directing from a script by Melissa Rosenberg.

Stewart will play Bella Swan, a 17-year-old who becomes drawn to classmate Edward, who is a vampire. Their unorthodox romance puts her in physical danger when Edward's nemesis comes to town and sets his sights on Bella.

Twilight and its sequels have topped best-seller lists at the New York Times and USA Today and has garnered legions of devoted teenage fans. Summit is looking at the movie as a potential franchise with a Romeo and Juliet-like hook.

Production begins in February.

Karen Rosenfelt and Greg Mooradian are producing along with Mark Morgan via his Maverick Films banner.

Erik Feig, along with Summit senior vp production Geoff Shaevitz and creative executive Gillian Bohrer, will oversee the project for the studio.

Stewart most recently appeared in Sean Penn's Into the Wild and has a trio of movies in the can, including What Just Happened, in which she appears alongside Penn and Robert De Niro. »

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Mann boards De Niro's Machine

26 October 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Michael Mann has inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to Frankie Machine- a long gestating star vehicle for Robert De Niro. De Niro with produce through Tribeca with his partner Jane Rosenthal, and screenwriter Alex Tse will do a major overhaul on the script under Mann’s supervision. The project is an adaptation of the Don Winslow novel. “The Winter of Frankie Machine”- concerning an aging hit man who comes out of retirement when he becomes the target of a hit himself. De Niro initially signed on the project back in December 2005, and for awhile Martin Scorsese was rumored as a possible director. This will mark De Niro’s return to the mob genre- as well as his second collaboration with Mann. The two previously worked together on Heat back in 1995.  Mann’s a busy guy these days- with the Will Smith vehicle- Empire, also on the books. »

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Coppola: "Nicholson Is a Waste of Talent"

18 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has accused Jack Nicholson of putting his love of money before his career. The Godfather director is disappointed Nicholson has halted his acting career in favour of enjoying a luxury lifestyle with a string of beautiful women - because he believes it is a waste of talent. Coppola says, "I think if there was a role that Robert De Niro was hungry for, he would come after it. I don't think Jack would. Jack has money and influence and girls, and I think he's a little bit like Marlon Brando, except Brando went through some tough times. I guess they don't want to do it anymore."

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Technicolor inks Overture

16 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Technicolor has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Overture Films to provide worldwide film laboratory and cinema-distribution services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Technicolor will provide Overture with film laboratory services, including 35mm trailer and release printing and front-end negative processing, and cinema-distribution services, including film distribution, security screening, advertising/publicity services, print rejuvenation, archival and inventory storage and destruction.

Overture has several theatrical releases slated for 2008, including Righteous Kill with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; Mad Money with Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton; Sleepwalking with Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper and Woody Harrelson; Traitor with Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce; and Last Chance Harvey with Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman.

Technicolor is the services division of Thomson. It maintains nine full-service film laboratories in Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Rome, Madrid and Bangkok, Thailand. »

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Fire on set of Avnet's 'Righteous Kill'

5 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- A fire broke out on the Bridgeport, Conn. location set of Jon Avnet's Righteous Kill early Thursday. There were no injuries on the set of the cop thirller which stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, but production was moved to a nearby location.

The fire broke out inside inside Mechanics and Farmers Bank on Main St. at approximately 4 a.m. Thursday shortly after shooting wrapped for the night, a Nu Image/Millennium Films spokesperson said. An electrical charger is said to have caught on fire inside the building.

The spokesperson said principal photography is still slated to wrap Oct. 23. NuImage is producing the film for distributor Overture Films.

"We are just happy that no one was hurt," said Nu Image co-chairman Avi Lerner. "Some equipment was damaged but it can all be replaced. We are on schedule and shooting today." »

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De Niro Comes To Aid of Convicts

3 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kind hearted Robert De Niro has spent time visiting jails offering help to prison convicts. De Niro met actor Danny Trejo on the set of Michael Mann's 1995 crime epic Heat, and he was intrigued to hear the Hollywood tough guy - who is a reformed criminal - regularly gives motivational talks to prison inmates. And Trejo was quick to invite the Hollywood legend along. He says, "I always ask movie stars to come out to jails with me and talk. That guy (De Niro) actually showed up. He went out to jail where everybody was hardcore. And he came and talked. On his own. I was so sure he wouldn't turn up, I didn't put his name on the list. Then all of a sudden we got a call from the front desk, saying, 'We got Robert De Niro down here!'" »

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Crime scene: Gugino pulls 'Kill' switch

23 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Carla Gugino has joined the cast of Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films' "Righteous Kill", the Jon Avnet crime drama that reteams Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as New York cops chasing a serial killer.

Gugino has been cast as the female lead, a crime-scene investigator with a dark personal life who enters into a relationship with De Niro's character.

The casting comes on the heels of Gugino joining "Watchmen", Zack Snyder's adaptation of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons DC Comics miniseries for Warner Bros. Pictures, in which she will play Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre.

Producing "Kill" are Avi Lerner, Randall Emmett, Avnet, Boaz Davidson, George Furla and Alexandra Milchan. Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short will serve as exec producers.

Russell Gewirtz wrote the screenplay for the $60 million movie, which goes before cameras at month's end.

Gugino recently wrapped production on the indie sports drama "Our Lady of Victory" and next appears opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. »

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Stardust

10 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

This review was written for the theatrical release of "Stardust".

SAN FRANCISCO -- Diverting and pleasurable to watch, "Stardust", a tongue-in-cheek sword-and-sorcerers romp bolstered by a top-flight cast, is most adroit when it plays the fantasy straight rather than sending up the genre. Adapting Neil Gaiman's novel, director Matthew Vaughn -- who wrote the script with Jane Goldman -- takes a sharp turn from his directorial debut, the slick neo-noir "Layer Cake", and displays a similar visual panache while working a completely different realm.

"Stardust" is less heavenly in its clumsy attempts at uproarious humor, which threaten at times to undercut the enchanting spell the filmmakers cast on the audience. A powerhouse cast, horses and swordplay laced with an abundance of whimsy plus romance should translate into decent boxoffice domestically and overseas.

This fairy tale opens in the mythical kingdom of Stormhold, where a star has fallen to Earth in the form of a young blond woman, Yvaine (Claire Danes), whose radiance, among other things, supplies magical powers sought by a motley crew of good and evil players. The dying King (Peter O'Toole, bellowing from his deathbed in his best stage voice) wants the star to secure the throne for his lame, useless sons.

In the parallel world of Wall, a village of mere mortals, Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises the elusive Victoria (Sienna Miller) that he will bring her a fallen star and sets out on a quest to find it. The ultra-evil, uber witch Lamia (the terrific Michelle Pfeiffer, who has gone from a delicious bitch goddess in "Hairspray" to a bona fide, wicked witch here), seeks the star's heart for its promise of eternal youth and beauty.

Only an actress as beautiful as the graceful Pfeiffer would allow herself to be rendered bald, aged and grotesque by startling special effects and makeup and have such a great time in the role. Her delight is palpable, and she gives a fully realized performance. Her Lamia is resourceful and genuinely scary rather than cartoonish.

Danes, an awkward, clunky film presence, is an odd choice for the naive, incandescent star. In a not-so-stellar performance, she overacts and struggles with an irritating British accent. Ricky Gervais is as roguish as ever, and Cox, making a convincing transition from fumbling boy to confident man, demonstrates a mastery of swashbuckling when it counts: a set-piece in which he vanquishes Lamia and her hideous sisters.

In a tedious sequence, Robert De Niro hams it up as pirate captain aboard an airborne "lightning" ship. The captain, macho in front of his crew, has a secret predilection for wearing petticoats and dancing the cancan in his private quarters. Straining for camp, his scenes are just plain embarrassing.

Shooting in the wilds of Iceland and Scotland, cinematographer Ben Davis conjures a land before time and, in tandem with Sammy Sheldon's battered costumes, Gavin Bocquet's production design is the right combination of fantasy and medieval grime.

STARDUST

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures presents

in association with MARV Films a Matthew Vaughn/Lorenzo di Bonaventura production

Credits:

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Screenwriters: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn

Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman

Executive producers: David Womark, Kris Thykier, Peter Morton, Stephen Marks

Director of photography: Ben Davis

Production designer: Gavin Bocquet

Music: Ilan Eshkeri

Costume designer: Sammy Sheldon

Editor: Jon Harris

Cast:

Yvaine: Claire Danes

Tristan: Charlie Cox

Victoria: Sienna Miller

Ferdy the Fence: Ricky Gervais

Primus: Jason Flemyng

Secundus: Rupert Everett

The King: Peter O'Toole

Lamia: Michelle Pfeiffer: Captain Shakespeare: Robert De Niro

Running time -- 128 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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Matthew Vaughn director of Stardust

9 August 2007 12:45 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

A young man who lives next to a magical land makes a promise to the girl he loves that he’ll retrieve a fallen star … and that star ends up being Claire Daines. Michelle Pfeiffer is a witch and Robert De Niro is an effeminate pirate. Don’t worry, it’ll all make sense when you sit down for “Stardust,” which opens this week. The man who brought this vision to the screen is Matthew Vaughn. I sat down with Vaughn, who wrote the screenplay and directed the film, and spoke about the amazing cast in this film, how he got his start and any wedding advice he might have (Vaughn’s wife is Claudia Schiffer and he was the best man at Guy Ritchie and Madonna’s wedding). He also told me I sounded »

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Beyonce To Front New American Express Campaign

8 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles has become the new face of American Express, according to reports. The singer - who already endorses products by Pepsi, L'Oreal and McDonald's among others - will front the new advertising campaign for the financial giants, joining the likes of actors Robert De Niro and Kate Winslet, and sports stars Tiger Woods and Venus Williams. A source tells OK! magazine, "She's a role model for so many young people. She has tremendous cross-over appeal the same way Tiger Woods does. She's an inspiration for lots of people. She's a great fit for American Express." »

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Gellar Turned Down 'Stardust' Role for Love

3 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down a lead role in Stardust - because she didn't want to be apart from husband Freddie Prinze Jr. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer star married Prinze Jr. in 2002 and the couple made a vow to avoid conflicting work schedules so they could spend more time together. But the promise meant Gellar missed out on a part in the new fantasy adventure movie starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer - because the film was being shot in Scotland when Prinze Jr. was filming in the U.S. She explains, "I turned it down because it was Freddie's turn in New York. I would have loved to have done it - are you kidding? But it was Freddie's turn." »

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Stardust

31 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SAN FRANCISCO -- Diverting and pleasurable to watch, Stardust, a tongue-in-cheek sword-and-sorcerers romp bolstered by a top-flight cast, is most adroit when it plays the fantasy straight rather than sending up the genre. Adapting Neil Gaiman's novel, director Matthew Vaughn -- who wrote the script with Jane Goldman -- takes a sharp turn from his directorial debut, the slick neo-noir Layer Cake, and displays a similar visual panache while working a completely different realm.

Stardust is less heavenly in its clumsy attempts at uproarious humor, which threaten at times to undercut the enchanting spell the filmmakers cast on the audience. A powerhouse cast, horses and swordplay laced with an abundance of whimsy plus romance should translate into decent boxoffice domestically and overseas.

This fairy tale opens in the mythical kingdom of Stormhold, where a star has fallen to Earth in the form of a young blond woman, Yvaine (Claire Danes), whose radiance, among other things, supplies magical powers sought by a motley crew of good and evil players. The dying King (Peter O'Toole, bellowing from his deathbed in his best stage voice) wants the star to secure the throne for his lame, useless sons.

In the parallel world of Wall, a village of mere mortals, Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises the elusive Victoria (Sienna Miller) that he will bring her a fallen star and sets out on a quest to find it. The ultra-evil, uber witch Lamia (the terrific Michelle Pfeiffer, who has gone from a delicious bitch goddess in Hairspray to a bona fide, wicked witch here), seeks the star's heart for its promise of eternal youth and beauty.

Only an actress as beautiful as the graceful Pfeiffer would allow herself to be rendered bald, aged and grotesque by startling special effects and makeup and have such a great time in the role. Her delight is palpable, and she gives a fully realized performance. Her Lamia is resourceful and genuinely scary rather than cartoonish.

Danes, an awkward, clunky film presence, is an odd choice for the naive, incandescent star. In a not-so-stellar performance, she overacts and struggles with an irritating British accent. Ricky Gervais is as roguish as ever, and Cox, making a convincing transition from fumbling boy to confident man, demonstrates a mastery of swashbuckling when it counts: a set-piece in which he vanquishes Lamia and her hideous sisters.

In a tedious sequence, Robert De Niro hams it up as pirate captain aboard an airborne "lightning" ship. The captain, macho in front of his crew, has a secret predilection for wearing petticoats and dancing the cancan in his private quarters. Straining for camp, his scenes are just plain embarrassing.

Shooting in the wilds of Iceland and Scotland, cinematographer Ben Davis conjures a land before time and, in tandem with Sammy Sheldon's battered costumes, Gavin Bocquet's production design is the right combination of fantasy and medieval grime.

STARDUST

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures presents

in association with MARV Films a Matthew Vaughn/Lorenzo di Bonaventura production

Credits:

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Screenwriters: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn

Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Michael Dreyer, Neil Gaiman

Executive producers: David Womark, Kris Thykier, Peter Morton, Stephen Marks

Director of photography: Ben Davis

Production designer: Gavin Bocquet

Music: Ilan Eshkeri

Costume designer: Sammy Sheldon

Editor: Jon Harris

Cast:

Yvaine: Claire Danes

Tristan: Charlie Cox

Victoria: Sienna Miller

Ferdy the Fence: Ricky Gervais

Primus: Jason Flemyng

Secundus: Rupert Everett

The King: Peter O'Toole

Lamia: Michelle Pfeiffer: Captain Shakespeare: Robert De Niro

Running time -- 128 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

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Film fests make short work of it

19 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff have joined forces with the Australian short film festival Tropfest to create Tropfest@Tribeca, a program of eight competing shorts and eight "Best of Tropfest" entries to be shown at the TFF this spring.

Helmer John Polson, who founded Tropfest, which bills itself as "the world's largest short film festival," will serve as the new program's creative director. Tickets to the one-night event will be free.

"Like the Tribeca Film Festival, John Polson's Tropfest has created a distinctive cultural event," said De Niro, who starred in Hide and Seek, which Polson directed. "We look forward to offering this unique experience to our community."

Each new film submitted for competition must be under seven minutes long, must be a world premiere, and must visually or verbally incorporate this year's "Tropfest Signature Item", a manhole cover, to show it was made for the festival.

Submissions for Tropfest@Tribeca, which is open to amateur and professional filmmakers alike, will be accepted starting on Monday through March 10. »

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Cruise To Receive Career Honor

12 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tom Cruise is set to be honored at New York City's Museum of the Moving Image in November. The Minority Report star, 45, follows in the footsteps of former honorees Sidney Lumet, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts and James Stewart. MOMI director Rochelle Slovin said they chose Cruise for his outstanding 27-year film career, which started with Endless Love in 1981. Slovin says, "Tom Cruise is one of the premier American actors of his generation. Working with the great directors of our time - (including) Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and now Robert Redford - Cruise has given us indelible characters and performances." »

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Museum of Moving Image to fete Cruise

11 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Tom Cruise will be feted with a tribute at the Museum of the Moving Image's 23rd annual black-tie salute in New York.

The event, set for Nov. 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, honors the 27-year film career of the actor/producer-turned-United Artists studio head.

"Tom Cruise is one of the premier American actors of his generation," MOMI director Rochelle Slovin said. "Working with the great directors of our time -- (including) Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and now Robert Redford -- Cruise has given us indelible characters and performances."

Cruise will next appear opposite Meryl Streep and director-star Redford in UA's political drama Lions for Lambs.

Several of Cruise's friends and co-workers will appear onstage to pay tribute to the star, accompanied by scenes from his films.

Past recipients of the honor include Sidney Lumet, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts and James Stewart. »

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Tribeca fest transplanted to Beijing

26 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

BEIJING -- A mini version of the Tribeca Film Festival will launch in China in July in a factory compound-turned-modern art gallery district reminiscent of the New York neighborhood where Robert De Niro began his annual cinema fundraiser in 2002.

The two-day Tribeca 798 Film Festival Beijing, which runs July 10-11, will open with free screenings of the 2007 break-dancing documentary "Planet B-Boy" by Benson Lee.

The event was organized "out of a common interest to bring a film event to Beijing that embraces local audiences and the Chinese filmmaking community," according to a statement from Tribeca Enterprises, WMA and the China Interactive Media Group.

Beijing lacks an independent film festival, and theatrical distribution in China is controlled by Communist censors who regularly bar anything that might be perceived as harmful the image of the party or the nation.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help create a platform for independent film in China and to further the deep ties between the Chinese film community and the Tribeca Film Festival," Tribeca Enterprises COO Jon Patricof said. »

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Overture goes in for 'Righteous Kill'

26 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Overture Films has picked up all North American rights to Righteous Kill, a $60 million thriller starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino as two detectives tracking a serial killer.

Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in final negotiations to co-star as a drug dealer who helps the detectives with their investigation. Director Jon Avnet is set to begin principal photography in Bridgeport, Conn., and New York in September.

Kill marks the biggest acquisition for Overture since CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett founded the studio in the fall and carries a price tag near the top of the planned budget range for its inaugural slate. Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man, Labyrinth) is writing the screenplay, which has De Niro and Pacino onscreen together for nearly the entire film. The two longtime friends shared no screen time in 1974's The Godfather: Part II and only one scene in 1995's Heat.

A Millenium Films production, Kill is being produced by Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Lati Grobman, Randall Emmett, Rob Cowan and Avnet. »

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