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Re-enforcing the growing film axis between Chile and France, Paris-based Rezo has re-upped with Chilean director Cristian Jimenez (pictured) and producer Bruno Bettati, tying down international rights to their upcoming “Voiceover.”
Laurent Danielou’s Rezo, a Gallic producer-distributor-sales agent that has just boarded Ralph Fiennes starrer “Two Women” will handle international sales.
Rezo distributed Jimenez’s “Bonsai,” which was co-produced like “Voiceover” by Bettati’s Chile-based Jirafa Films and France Rouge Intl.
“Voiceover” is skedded to roll in November, which would put it on track to screen in post-production at Gaul’s Toulouse Latin American Film Festival’s Films in Progress section, Bettati said.
“Bonsai” won Toulouse Fip in 2011, another Bettati production, Marcela Said’s “The Summer of the Flying Fish,” achieved the same distinction this year.
Both have gone to be selected by the Cannes Festival.
Said’s “Fish,” which Paris-based sales agent Alpha Violet picked up in the run-up to Cannes, »
- John Hopewell
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are currently seeking a director for Bond 24, after Sam Mendes (Skyfall) turned down their offer to make the sequel back in March. The Dark Knight Rises filmmaker Christopher Nolan has been approached by the producers to direct the latest installment of their James Bond franchise.
Nothing is official as of yet, since talks are still in very early and informal stages, but the filmmaker recently met with the producers.
We reported in October that the producers are seeking a fall 2014 release date for this 007 adventure, which may pose a scheduling conflict for Christopher Nolan. He is currently in pre-production on his next movie, Interstellar, which has been set for a November 7, 2014 release.
Here's what an insider had to say about the informal discussions.
"It does no harm for Broccoli and Wilson to talk with Nolan, even if nothing happens this time round. »
Usually the most trusted source for news out of the Bond camp, Baz claims that The Dark Knight trilogy director’s representatives have met with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over helming Bond 24, which is currently rudderless.
Pre-production on the next 007 film was actually halted earlier this year when Sam Mendes reluctantly turned down overtures to direct a follow-up to the record breaking and critically acclaimed box office smash Skyfall, citing scheduling conflicts with his theatre commitments.
With Mendes out of the picture, Nolan as a replacement, the hottest director on the planet right now, would certainly appease many but we should stress this is extremely early days and informal talks are far from a firm offer being made. In truth, it could be »
- Matt Holmes
Christopher Nolan has reportedly entered "informal talks" to direct the next instalment in the James Bond series.
"It does no harm for Broccoli and Wilson to talk with Nolan, even if nothing happens this time round," a source told the Daily Mail.
Nolan is thought to be a fan of Bond star Daniel Craig and has previously voiced his admiration for the 007 movies.
Flicks and Bits cool fan-made posters for X-Men Days of Future Past
Playbill is Jewel up for the part of Cinderella in Into the Woods? I am always rooting for thirtysomething and forthy something ladies on up (as everyone knows) but isn't she at least 15 years too old for this part?
Cinema Blend Emily Blunt will play the very plum role of the Bakers Wife -- does anyone know if she can sing?
Le Noir Auteur on Angelina Jolie's recent op-ed
Tom & Lorenzo Julianne Moore's photospread in Madame Figaro
Allure Zoe Saldana naked for Allure. And also revealing her weight for some reason
In Contention The Bling Ring reviewed from Cannes
- NATHANIEL R
Paris-based arthouse shingle Rezo has come on board to co-produce, distribute and handle international sales on Ralph Fiennes starrer “Two Women,” a Russian costume drama that will be helmed by Vera Glagoleva.
Now in pre-production, the pic is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, drama turns on the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son’s tutor.
“Ralph Fiennes is the Hollywood star who stars in a Russian film, and that’s speaks volume about the universal quality of the script and the creative vision of Vera Glagoleva,” said Laurent Danielou, managing director at Rezo.
Pic is produced Russia’s Horosho Prod.,U.K. distributor Soda Pictures and UK producer David P. Kelly, Gvi Group, Jps. Russian »
- Elsa Keslassy
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years at this point in time.
Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
Here’s some of his best:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A personal favourite of mine is Anderson’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of his most recent pieces of work, it was hard to »
- Charlie Derry
The Butler is happening, and it is… serious.
The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight different presidents. Forest Whitaker plays the title role, but he’s surrounded by enough starpower to fuel a few hundred Correspondents’ Dinners. Below, I’ve embedded the trailer, but for now let’s rank the 10 Zaniest parts of this damn thing, which is slated for an October release.
- Louis Virtel
Universal Studios Orlando announced today that they are adding Diagon Alley and London expansions to their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take a look at an illustration of what these additions will look like, when they open in 2014, then read the press release for more details.
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world's first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal's creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, »
After the success of the first installment of David Hare’s The Worricker Trilogy - Page Eight - it’s no wonder that BBC Two and Carnival Films are partnering to produce the next two films in the series titled Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield. Adding to an impressive cast that already includes Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Layer Cake) are Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder and Helena Bonham Carter.
The story for Turks & Caicos follows:
Worricker (Nighy) after the director of MI5 dies. A conspiracy to turn control of MI5 over to the Prime Minister leads Worricker to the islands known as the Turks & Caicos, where he is persuaded by the CIA to deal with a group of ambiguous Americans attending a high-level conference. At the same time, an old girlfriend, Margot Tyrrell, is being asked to betray her boss in London in order to »
- Damen Norton
Ewen Bremner is also reprising his role in both, while Judy Davis, Saskia Reeves and Kate Burdette will reprise their roles in the final film entitled "Salting The Battlefield". Bonham Carter and Malcolm Sinclair also star.
In the first film, Worricker (Nighy) uncovered a plot to turn control of MI5 directly over to the prime minister after the head of the organization’s death.
'Turks' picks up after Worricker leaves his MI5 post and heads »
- Garth Franklin
Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films and BBC Two are partnering on the final two TV movies in writer/director David Hare’s The Worricker Trilogy. The first installment, Page Eight, aired in 2011 on BBC Two and PBS and starred Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis. Nighy will reprise his role as British intelligence officer Johnny Worricker for parts two and three, respectively titled Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield. Fiennes also returns for both. Turks & Caicos is adding Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. Davis, who was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy for Page Eight, will return for Salting The Battlefield as will Bonham Carter and Bremner along with Saskia Reeves, Kate Burdette and Malcolm Sinclair. Page Eight, which closed the Toronto Film Festival in 2011, saw Worricker uncover a plot to turn control of »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Bill Nighy is to reprise his role as Johnny Worricker. The 'Love Actually' star will return to the part of the MI5 spy in 'Turks & Caicos' and 'Salting The Battlefield', the final two parts of 'The Worricker Trilogy' on BBC Two, alongside a string of famous names. 'Turks & Caicos' will also star Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker, Zach Grenier and sees Bill's character having walked out of MI5 and heading out to a random destination. However, his presence on the Turks & Caicos islands lead him to be forced »
The 63-year-old will reprise his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker in Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield from writer/director David Hare.
"We have assembled a most extraordinary cast for these two films," said Hare. "I think there may be two reasons - first and foremost, because so many actors want to appear alongside Bill Nighy, but secondly, because people responded so strongly to the feeling of Page Eight – all the fun of spy fiction, I hope, »
Having already notched her belt with Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat and Ralph Fiennes (among others) and lining up gigs this year with Liv Ullman ("Miss Julie") and Guillermo Del Toro ("Crimson Peak"), it's safe to say that Jessica Chastain has her pick of the crop. And now she's adding another big time filmmaker on to her enviable CV. Chastain is coming on board Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick "Interstellar," joining the already cast Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Yeah, we know, holy shit this cast. Of course, details are being kept quiet but we do know that the movie originates from a long developing script by Jonathan Nolan, with Chris putting his own twist on it with a rewrite, in a movie that will deal with time travel and alternate dimensions, telling the story of a group of explorers who go through a wormhole. Shooting begins later this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As a film history buff, I occasionally like to look at an individual year’s cinematic output in its totality and compare the year’s offerings to other years, creating in my mind a sort of “hall of fame” of years in cinema. As do many cineastes, I tend to rate years in the 1970’s (as well as the late 1960’s) the highest in terms of quality of output. Far enough away from the dissolution of the studio system to allow for creative expression, but before the era of where corporations standardized and commoditized the feature film, it was the time in Hollywood when the artists steered the ship. Beyond this Utopian-age of filmmaking though, one year that frequently comes to mind as particularly praiseworthy is 1994.
- Christopher Lominac
Having recently worked together on Terrence Malick's as-yet-untitled next film, it's been announced that Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) are to reunite for an adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth, with Fassbender portraying the eponymous warrior and Portman starring as his scheming wife Lady Macbeth.
The new version of the classic play is being produced by Film4 and See-Saw Films, the production company behind Fassbender's Shame and Oscar-winner The King's Speech, with Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel set to direct. It's said that the adaptation will adopt a graphic approach to the subject matter, and if you've seen Kurzel's superb debut feature Snowtown then you'll know he's certainly not one to hold back.
- Flickering Myth
If you listened to the podcast last Friday you heard how I ended up missing a screening of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, but I can't say it has irked me to any great extent. Adaptations of Shakespeare's work that stick strictly to Shakespeare's language tend to irk me, recent examples being Julie Taymor's The Tempest and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus. Around the corner, along with Whedon's Nothing, we have Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet and the adaptations are sure to continue from there as yet another has been set up in the last few days. Like the adaptations I mentioned above, Justin Kurzel's take on Shakespeare's Macbeth will be filmed in the play's original language with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender in the leading roles. Kurzel previously brought us the primal story of Australia's serial killer John Bunting in Snowtown (read my review here »
- Brad Brevet
Shakespeare has been making steady appearances at the movies lately. 2011 saw Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, later this year we'll be seeing Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing and Carlo Carlei’s generic-looking adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and now it looks like Macbeth will be headed our way. According to Screen Daily, Michael Fassbender is set to play the lead role of the murderous king who seizes power only to be undone by paranoia, ambition, and fate. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) is set to direct the adaptation, which was written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, and will be set in the 11th century with a "visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes." Casting is currently underway for the manipulative Lady Macbeth "and talks are underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress." However, don't expect the film to start shooting in the near future. Kurzel »
- Matt Goldberg
In the Hollywood handbook of character shorthand, a British actor is pretty high up on the list of ways to swiftly establish somebody as a bad'un. As villain clichés go, it's just above 'underground lair' and slightly below 'unexpectedly offing a loyal henchman'.
Plus, just in case you've been living under a rock or in a coma, Benedict Cumberbatch plays much-discussed villain John Harrison in next month's Star Trek Into Darkness, and he's dominated Paramount's entire marketing campaign so completely that the character already feels weirdly iconic.
So with Brit baddies more in vogue than ever, Digital Spy takes a look back over six of the best...
"You oughta be on f**king TV with that accent, »
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