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Venice Film Festival’s U.S. Presence Subdued, Art Pics Dominate

31 August 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.

Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.

Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.

In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »

- John Hopewell

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Ethan Hawke opens up about stage fright, Robin Williams and a current career high

31 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across a wide spectrum of time. He has two films set to play the Venice Film Festival next week in Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline" and he's here in Telluride with his own directorial effort, an emotional documentary that is ostensibly a portrait of pianist Seymour Bernstein, but on a deeper level is an exploration by Hawke of finding satisfaction in one's art. It's a delicate piece of work that played like gangbusters to a Telluride premiere audience Saturday, rapt as the so wonderfully well-spoken Bernstein rattled off philosophical nuggets throughout a lively Q&A. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Seymour: An Introduction’

31 August 2014 12:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The great classical pianist in “Seymour: An Introduction.” Although clearly designed as a reverent tribute from one artist to another, this first documentary directed by Ethan Hawke happily sidesteps any vanity-project pitfalls, granting full expression to Bernstein’s wise and witty commentary on a craft that he’s spent decades honing — as well as the proper application of that craft when the demands of art are often outweighed by the pressures of commerce. Acquired by Sundance Selects on the eve of a prestigious fall festival run, this gently moving portrait should be catnip for music buffs and other artistically minded viewers, but Hawke’s involvement and strong reviews could help expand its audience.

Although he’s only onscreen for a few minutes, Hawke does pop up early on to explain how he met Bernstein by chance at a dinner party in Manhattan, where he found that this gentle-voiced and unfailingly »

- Justin Chang

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Venice: Cinedea Acquires Italian Rights to Dakota Johnson-Ethan Hawke’s ‘Cymbeline’

30 August 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinedea, a distributor-producer-talent agency, has acquired Italian rights to Michael Almereyda’s romantic adventure “Cymbeline,” starring Dakota Johnson, Ethan Hawke, Penn Badgley, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich and Anton Yelchin.

Repped by International Film Trust, the international sales arm of Michael Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures, “Cymbeline” world premieres Wednesday at Venice. The Italy deal adds to multiple major territories, including the U.K.’s Koch Media, Germany’s Ksm, Swen Group (Latin America), Nashe Kino (Cis), Happinet (Japan), Transmission Films (Australia/New Zealand), Hgc Entertainment (China) and Sookie Pictures (South Korea).

This version of “Cymbeline” — one of Shakespeare’s least-known plays — is set against an epic face-off between corrupt cops and a drug-dealing bikers’ gang in a corruption-sodden U.S. city. Pic reteams Hawke and Almereyda after 2000’s “Hamlet.”

“It is a remarkable Shakespeare adventure, an extraordinary text. Ethan Hawke was the first person to join on; he recognized the challenge and drew delight from it, »

- John Hopewell

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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Ethan Hawke Documentary Acquired by Sundance Selects

28 August 2014 6:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance Selects has bought U.S. and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary “Seymour: An Introduction,” just prior to its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

The documentary, which profiles pianist Seymour Bernstein, was produced by Greg Loser and Heather Smith of Room 5 Films, and Ethan and Ryan Hawke of Under The Influence Productions. It’s Ethan Hawke’s debut as a documentary director.

“Seymour” will screen on Saturday at Telluride, followed by screenings at both Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Bernstein is a piano prodigy who was teaching the instrument to others by the time he was 15. After a long and illustrious career as a performer, he devoted himself to helping others develop their own gifts.

“We have had the great fortune of working with Ethan throughout his career, going back to his directorial debut ‘Chelsea Walls’ and most recently with Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood, »

- Dave McNary

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Telluride: Ethan Hawke's Documentary Directorial Debut Goes to Sundance Selects

28 August 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sundance Selects has picked up the U.S. and Latin American rights to Seymour: An Introduction, the new documentary directed by Ethan Hawke, which will have its world premiere Saturday at the Telluride Film Festival. Hawke’s non-fiction directorial debut, the doc profiles pianist Seymour Bernstein, who started playing the piano as a little boy and by age 15 began teaching it to others. The film, which is also scheduled to play the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, was produced by Greg Loser and Heather Smith of Room 5 Films and Ethan and Ryan Hawke of Under The Influence Productions.

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- Gregg Kilday

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Ethan Hawke's Documentary ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ Bought by Sundance Selects

28 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ethan Hawke‘s documentary “Seymour: An Introduction” has been bought by Sundance Selects, which announced it has acquired U.S. and Latin American rights from the Telluride Film Festival “Seymour: An Introduction” is the first non-fiction film directed by Hawke. It profiles legendary pianist Seymour Bernstein, who started playing the piano as a little boy and was teaching it to others by the time he turned 15. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. Also read: Ethan Hawke Travels Through Time to Prevent Crime in First ‘Predestination’ Trailer. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Seymour sells at Telluride

28 August 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Selects has bucked the trend at a festival not known for its deals, taking Us and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction.

The documentary profiles pianist Seymour Bernstein, who began playing as a young boy and by 15 was teaching others.

Greg Loser and Heather Smith of Room 5 Films produced alongside Ethan and Ryan Hawke of Under The Influence Productions.

Sundance Selects brokered the deal with Cinetic Media.

Seymour: An Introduction will receive its international premiere in Toronto on September 10 before playing at the New York Film Festival.

Telluride runs until September 1. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Telluride unveils line-up packed with awards contenders

28 August 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.

The Telluride Film Festival (Aug 29 - Sept 1) has revealed the line-up for its 41st edition, packed with films tipped for awards season.

The festival will include 85 features, short films and revivals representing 28 countries, along with special artist tributes, conversations, panels and education programmes.

The main programme includes Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, which opened the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews yesterday.

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater are all generating awards buzz.

There are also several titles that picked up prizes in Cannes earlier this year including Foxcatcher, which won Bennett Miller best director; Russian drama Leviathan, winner of best screenplay; Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which saw Timothy Spall win best actor; and jury prize winner Mommy from Xavier Dolan.

The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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2014 Telluride Film Festival Line-Up Includes Plenty of Cannes, Toronto and Venice Crossover

28 August 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There are a lot of familiar faces in the just announced 2014 Telluride Film Festival line-up, but as much as this fest is about what's officially announced, it's also about what's not mentioned as secret screenings are pretty much what makes Telluride such a buzzy fest, though this year a little bit of snow may also be part of the conversation. As for the titles announced so far you have Venice early standout Birdman, Jon Stewart's Rosewater, The Imitation Game and Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild along with a Ton of Cannes crossover pics including Foxcatcher, The Homesman, Leviathan, Mommy, Mr. Turner, Red Army, Wild Tales and Two Days, One Night. There is plenty of Toronto crossover with many of this pics as well, which also includes Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes, the new Martin Scorsese documentary The 50 Year Argument, Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence and Ethan Hawke's Seymour among others. »

- Brad Brevet

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Telluride Film Festival Unveils Eclectic Lineup Including ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Wild’

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.

The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.

The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”

Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »

- Dave McNary

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'Birdman,' 'Wild,' 'Imitation Game' and an 'Apocalypse Now' treat set for 41st Telluride

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — With all the reindeer games going on in the fall festival world, a lot of the drama and mystery surrounding Telluride's perennially on-the-lowdown program began to seep out like a steadily deflating balloon this year. Toronto, Venice and New York notations of "World Premiere," "Canada Premiere," "New York Premiere" or "International Premiere" and the like made it all rather obvious which films were heading to the San Juans for the 41st edition of the tiny mining village's cinephile gathering, and which were not. But the fact is, if you're in it just for the surprises — or certainly, for the awards-baiting heavies — you're never going to be fully satisfied by the Telluride experience. That having been said, this year's program might just be the most exciting one in my six years of attending. Starting with all of the stuff we were expecting, indeed, Cannes players "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "Leviathan »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Toronto plans acquisitions push

22 August 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.

Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.

The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.

That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.

Two cases in point are North American premieres of The Weinstein Company’s Benedict Cumberbatch starrer The Imitation Game and Fox »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Love Is Strange’ tells the wrong story

22 August 2014 12:05 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There is a wonderful scene in Ira Sachs’ new film, Love Is Strange, in which Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) share a drink at a venerable gay bar in New York City.  Ben relates a powerful story to the bartender, in which he and several gay friends marched into that very same bar nearly 4 decades earlier, newspaper reporters in tow, and demanded to be served.  It began a revolution of sorts, instituting a level of acceptance never before seen in the gay community.  Clearly in awe, the bartender thanks Ben for his bravery and gives them a free round of drinks.  Ben and George, a romantic couple who have been together for 40 years, look at one another and share a mischievous laugh.  George chides the obviously-lying Ben, “You’ll do anything for a free drink!” 

This scene masterfully draws upon the shared experiences—the pain, the joy, the »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Paramount takes select home ent on Boyhood

21 August 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Home Media Distribution (Phmd) has acquired select Us home entertainment rights to the acclaimed film.

Richard Linklater directed Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane in the coming-of-age drama.

IFC handles theatrical distribution and select ancillary rights on Boyhood, which has grossed more than $14.2m theatrically since it opened on July 11.

“We are thrilled and delighted to bring Richard Linklater’s extraordinary film to home viewing audiences,” said Amy Reinhard, president of worldwide television and home media acquisitions at Paramount. 

Phmd will handle all DVD, streaming, online rental and online sell-through distribution following the theatrical run, while IFC will handle simultaneous VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers.

Recent Phmd acquisitions include CNN Films’ Ivory Tower, William H Macy’s feature directorial debut Rudderless and Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas.

Phmd negotiated the deal with Lisa Schwartz and Betsy Rodgers of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

21 August 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »

- Catherine Bray

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‘Boyhood’ to Grow Old with Paramount on Home Entertainment Platforms

21 August 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Boyhood” has grown up to impress Hollywood’s studio system.

After breaking out this summer as a critical and box office hit for IFC Films, Paramount Home Media Distribution has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights to Richard Linklater’s drama. Deal should give the film considerable exposure at retail when it makes its way onto homevideo platforms sometime this fall.

The studio has yet to disclose when it will release the film, but Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution following the film’s theatrical run. IFC Films will handle VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers, releasing it simultaneously with Paramount’s efforts on certain platforms.

Linklater, who also wrote “Boyhood,” lensed the film over the past 12 years with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater, in order to document star Ellar Coltrane growing up on screen as the character of Mason. »

- Marc Graser

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Telluride vs. Toronto: The Battle for Oscar Supremacy

20 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.

Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.

Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »

- Justin Chang

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Venice Film Fest Chef Would Rather Discover Gems Than Spin Premiere Roulette

20 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera is steering clear of tensions festering on the fall fest circuit.

Namely, the cinematic cold war between the Toronto and Telluride festivals, which escalated after Toronto organizers announced they will screen only world or North American premieres during its first four days.

“If there has to be this frenzy to have a world premiere at all costs, meaning that you’ll take a film just so that you can have the world premiere, that’s a game I’m not playing,” Barbera says.

If he can have certain studio titles, fine. But if he can’t, “That’s Ok too,” he says. “There are plenty of great movies out there around the world,” the Venice topper philosophically points out.

Despite his indifference, 54 of the 55 films in the lineup are world preems. And of course Barbera is delighted that the Lido opener is Alejandro Gonzalez »

- Nick Vivarelli

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