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AFI Fest has announced that Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" will screen as a Centerpiece Gala selection as well as eight Special Screenings and programs for the festival's Conversations series, which will include a look at the upcoming release, "Unbroken," with cinematographer Roger Deakins. Special Screenings added include Cannes debuts "Clouds of Sils Maria," "Mommy," "Mr. Turner," "Saint Laurent" and "Two Days, One Night," as well as documentaries "Merchants of Doubt" and "Tales of the Grim Sleeper." Also included is Toronto break-out "Still Alice" with Julianne Moore. Michael Keaton and Edward Norton will be on hand for a Conversations discussion about their roles in "Birdman," while and Indie Contenders Roundtable of distinguished filmmakers and another of the year's hottest rising stars will be presented by The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times respectively. And as mentioned, cinematographer Roger Deakins will be in the mix to talk about his »
- Kristopher Tapley
Saban Films and Roadside Attractions will release the Western in the Us on November 7.
Festival organisers have also announced eight special screenings and the Conversations series.
The Conversations series include a discussion with Birdman stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton about their careers; Roger Deakins on the art of cinematography and his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the Indie Contenders Roundtable featuring a panel of distinguished filmmakers; and the Young Hollywood Roundtable. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Adding to its previously announced Gala presentations of "A Most Violent Year," "The Gambler," "Inherent Vice" and "Foxcatcher," AFI Fest will present writer/director Tommy Lee Jones' feminist Western "The Homesman" starring Hilary Swank. AFI Fest's special screenings are "Clouds of Sils Maria," "Merchants of Doubt," Mike Leigh's Cannes favorite "Mr. Turner," Julianne Moore Oscar vehicle "Still Alice," "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" and Foreign Language Oscar contenders "Mommy," "Saint Laurent" and "Two Days, One Night." AFI Fest's conversations include a discussion with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton about "Birdman," Roger Deakins sharing his experience on Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken." AFI Fest runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA. Here's more information on the added »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Western drama, directed by Jones, premiered at Cannes in May and had its U.S. premiere at the Telluride Festival. Roadside Attractions and Saban Films will release the movie on Nov. 14.
AFI Fest has already announced that it will open with “A Most Violent Year” on Nov. 6 and close with “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 13, along with galas for “The Gambler” and “Inherent Vice” and a Sophia Loren tribute.
The festival also announced its special screenings lineup Monday: Robert Kenner’s documentary “Merchants of Doubt,” Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Mike Leigh’s “Mister Turner,” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s “Still Alice,” Nick Broomfield’s “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” and the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days, »
- Dave McNary
Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes competition film, The Homesman has been added as an additional Centerpiece Gala to this year’s growing lineup for the AFI Fest. The film which he directed and also co-stars in with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep among others will screen on Tuesday November 11th. AFI also announced a series of “Special Screenings” including a number of other films that initially debuted at Cannes in May : Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days,One Night. The latter three are also the official entries from their respective countries (Canada, France, Belgium) for Oscar’s Foreign Language Film race this year. Other special screenings are the documentary Merchants Of Doubt, Tales Of The Grim Sleeper and the Alzheimer’s drama, Still Alice which has been drawing strong Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides? First and foremost, we've been in this place at least since the Toronto Film Festival, when Cumberbatch further solidified himself after "The Imitation Game" debuted at Telluride and Redmayne jumped onto the scene as part of a new wave of contenders that included "Nightcrawler's" Jake Gyllenhaal and "St. Vincent's" Bill Murray. But as one of the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Despite a healthy drive time from Berkeley, the Mill Valley Film Festival is irresistible: a haimishe event managing to tempt its Bay Area audience with films geared to appeal to all ages, as well as music-themed evenings and industry panels. Its position in the run-up to the Academy Awards and location, in an area with probably the largest concentration of Academy members after La and NYC, and less than an hour's flight from La, attracts screenings of glitzy Awards hopefuls, complete with attendees: this year Opening Night alone featured Jason Reitman and Kaitlyn Dever from "Men, Women & Children," and Hilary Swank with Tommy Lee Jones western "The Homesman." (Last year Steve McQueen, Lupita Nyong'o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor were there with "12 Years a Slave," Bruce Dern appeared with "Nebraska," and Jared Leto with "Dallas Buyers Club," among others.) Its autumnal position in the calendar allows it to »
- Meredith Brody
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Lego Batman, Lego DC Super Heroes, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Civil War, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Powers and more….
Well, it’s been a huge week for superhero news – so much so that it was a toss-up between Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios for our lead story this week. However, as we’ve been inundated with Marvel news, we’ll get things underway with Warner and its big DC Cinematic Universe announcement. Yes, the studio has finally revealed its plans post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Gary Collinson
Natural Born Killers, 1994.
Directed by Oliver Stone.
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Natural Born Killers was selected as a special presentation at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival as the movie celebrates its 20th birthday, but what made revisiting this classic bloodbath barrage of violence so fun is that the message director Oliver Stone wanted to get across still exists in our world today. Oliver actually introduced the film in person, and described the production as him sick and tired of the media, venting out his frustrations by “throwing up on-screen”. Truthfully, there probably isn’t a better assessment of Natural Born Killers.
It is chaotically frenetic to the point where sometimes it actually feels over-stylized. To this day it is »
- Robert Kojder
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.
Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Over the weekend George Clooney took the opportunity to apologise once again for his part in the 1997 travesty Batman & Robin, a movie which brought the Batman franchise – and indeed the entire superhero genre – to its knees.
Now director Joel Schumacher has reflected on both that film and its 1995 predecessor Batman Forever in an interview with Variety at the Hamptons Film Festival, where he was being presented with a lifetime achievement award for directing.
During the interview, Schumacher spoke about both his Batman movies, addressing Bat-Nipples (“I think that will be on my gravestone. It’s how I’ll be remembered.”) as well as defending the cast of Batman & Robin and taking full responsibility for its failure. Here’s what he had to say:
I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of “Batman Returns,” families had objected that it was too adult, »
- Gary Collinson
Joel Schumacher stopped by the Hamptons Film Festival on Saturday morning to accept a lifetime achievement award in directing. He later spoke with Variety about the ups and downs of his career, including 1995’s “Batman Forever,” which grossed $336 million worldwide, and 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney, which was panned so badly that it temporarily killed the Dark Knight franchise for Warner Bros. Schumacher also recalled discovering Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell.
I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of “Batman Returns,” families had objected that it was too adult, which is no criticism of Tim Burton’s. When they offered it to me, I went to Tim and said, “This is your franchise and they want me to do it. I won’t do it if you don’t want me to.” He said, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
[Continued from Part 1]
Take two of why I wanted to write about Bigfoot: Bigfoot has an uncommon amount of myth malleability.
This is related, of course, to his unknowability; the strokes of his mythology are broad and vague, so he can be made and molded to slip into essentially any story vaguely set neat a forest. There are very few parameters that must be set and even fewer rules that must be abided by or addressed in order for that character to work successfully in a piece of art. Certainly, as before, many monsters can be said to exhibit aspects of this elasticity, but again Bigfoot finds his unknowability to be crucial to his difference and uniqueness. Bigfoot exists essentially without context. His being is not defined, and as such he exhibits no strong predilection or resistance to changes. An empty vessel never overflows when water is placed inside, and it has no reaction to substances it holds. »
Want to live with a celebrity? Try being a celebrity yourself. The Stir rounds up celebrity pairs you probably didn't know lived together: John Cusack and Jeremy Piven: They were childhood friends in Evanston, Illinois, and lived together in Chicago. But when asked later what happened when Cusack became successful, Piven said, "No comment. I mean, you could fill in the blank, I bet." Raven-Symone and Lindsay Lohan: Technically they lived together, but Raven-Symone once said of her fellow Disney star, "She paid rent, and she was there probably three times." Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore: They were college »
- Evann Gastaldo
Not exactly an eventful MPAA bulletin today, but I did learn of a new thriller called Hidden from twin brother writing and directing duo Matt and Ross Duffer starring Alexander Skarsgard and Andrea Riseborough. We also have a rating for Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman starring Hilary Swank and who could forget the new Kirk Cameron film, Saving Christmas (watch the awful trailer here). I have included the complete bulletin below. Bank$tas Rated R For language, sexual content and some drug use. Captive Rated PG-13 For mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse. Christmas On Salvation Street Rated PG For thematic elements. Danny Collins Rated R For language, drug use and some nudity. Dark Games Rated R For violence, some nudity and language. Final Prayer Rated R For language and some frightening moments. Green Street Hooligans: Underground Rated R For brutal street fights, language throughout and a scene of sexuality/nudity. »
- Brad Brevet
Presumably one-faced to start with, Gotham has found its Harvey Dent – Nicholas D’Agosto.
Even with Robin Taylor Lord’s Penguin-to-be Oswald and Cory Michael Smith’s Riddler-in-waiting Ed already regular cast members, Gotham has managed to squeeze in another early-days version of a key Batman villain.
This younger version, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, has been described as ‘a bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham.’
We have, however, also been told to expect ‘a fleeting glimpse of the hideous villain he will become,’ which could make for thrilling viewing, if executed well.
Chances are, you’ll recognise Nicholas D’Agosto from somewhere – he played the lead in »
Yet another one of the most famous villains in Batman lore is coming to Fox in his nascent form. HitFix can confirm that Nicholas D'Agosto has been cast as Harvey Dent in "Gotham," which has been a solid early success for Fox. D'Agosto will be a recurring guest star for the remainder of the first "Gotham" season with a series regular option for the second season which is, as of now, both likely and hypothetical. If you were worried that Harvey Dent would be, like, the captain of high school debate team running for sophomore class president, worry not. This incarnation of Harvey Dent will be an idealistic Assistant District Attorney in Gotham. For now, he's committed to eradicating crime and corruption in Gotham, which we know is pretty much a lost cause. Of course, things aren't going to be eternally rosy for Harvey Dent. Do I really need to include a "Spoiler Alert" here? »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Mill Valley Film Festival, opening today and running through October 12, will naturally feature several of this year's awards season contenders: Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game and so on. But the spotlight will be on local talent as well: Rob Nilsson's A Bridge to a Border, Erica Jordan's In Plain Sight, Christopher Beaver's Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste, William Farley's Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish and Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman's States of Grace. We're collecting previews. » - David Hudson »
Turning an ageless 37, the Mill Valley Film Festival, which open tomorrow (runs until October. 14th), continues to beat to a tune of its own. With the four members of Metallica serving as the Artists in Residence, thematically this year is “heavy” on award season content. While Telluride, Tiff, Nyff serve as major fall season tastemakers, Mvff is the most important one in the Bay Area in terms of visibility and campaigning due to the number of Academy members living in Northern California. And while Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman starring Hillary Swank paired with Jones and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children are receiving spotlight showings, it’s titles such as Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Jean Marc Vallee’s Wild, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, Theodore Melfi’s St.Vincent, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash that are receiving further traction. »
- Yama Rahimi
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