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6 Things to Know About Sexy Sundance Breakout 'Diary of a Teenage Girl,' Part of Sundance's Women's New Wave Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott Play 70ish Leads in Sundance Romance 'I'll See You in My Dreams' Bobcat Goldthwait Turns Docmaker To Celebrate Comic Hero of 'Call Me Lucky' David Robert Mitchell on 'It Follows,' Std Anxiety, Childhood Nightmares Filmmakers, Give Us Your Numbers! Sundance and Cinereach Unveil The Transparency Project Fox Searchlight Continues Sundance Acquisitions Spree with Period Tearjerker 'Brooklyn' Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview) Magnolia Snatches Hot Sundance Doc 'The Wolfpack' Meet Damián Szifrón, Director of Oscar-Nominated 'Wild Tales' (Exclusive Video) Nicole Kidman Talks 'Strangerland' at Sundance (Exclusive Video Interview) Oksana Baiul, Acclaimed Director Don Hertzfeldt Featured Among Fest's Short Film Awards Review: François »
Celebrities have taken over Park City, Ut, for the past week in support of the Sundance Film Festival. A-listers like Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman were among the famous faces popping up in the snowy town, and there were plenty of must-see red carpet moments from stars like Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, and Chris Pine. Check out all the stars at Sundance, then see some of the best snaps from festivals past! »
Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
The bulk of attention that has gone towards Kim Farrant's "Strangerland" has focused on the gritty Nicole Kidman turn at its center. But the Aussie filmmaker's rigorous cinematic methods merit a glance or two, as well. Farrant grew up in a "radical, forward-thinking" household in which expression and openness were principally encouraged. She brings that approach to "Strangerland," a dark and unsparing family tragedy that cuts bone-deep. A jittery, dust-clouded visual style and an uncompromising thematic vision should allow the director's work to stand out in this star-studded production. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? It's about a couple, the Parkers (Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes) who move to a remote Australian desert town, soon after their two teenage kids go missing before a massive dust storm. With the town suddenly shrouded in a wall of dust, the townsfolk band together to search for the children lead by local cop David. »
- David Canfield
The contemporary taste for corseted melodramas continues to go unsatisfied, as more and more films hit theaters based on classic novels that tell tales of social mores, adultery, and entrapment in whale bone and hoop skirts. Mia Wasikowska looks good in those clothes, just like Nicole Kidman before her, and so continues to be the go-to actress to play waifish young women of a bygone era. Her latest performance is in Madame Bovary, an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel.
Madame Bovary tells the story of a woman who marries a doctor and promptly falls for another man. Trapped in a loveless marriage (is there any other during the Victorian period?), Madame Bovary soon finds herself dreaming of a different life. Things are not going to end well, however, as any literature student can tell you.
The trailer for Madame Bovary makes certain that we know that this is »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Jimmy Fallon stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, but before having a chance to chat with Ellen, he got the crap scared out of him when she jumped out from behind a wall in his dressing room bathroom. After playing the hilarious clip, Jimmy and Ellen talked about his gig on The Tonight Show, including the fact that his own father heckled him throughout his very first monologue after taking over the slot from Jay Leno almost a year ago. Later, Ellen and Jimmy recounted his now-infamous interview with Nicole Kidman, in which she admitted to having a crush on him back in the early 2000s and revealed that they had actually gone on a (very bad) date. Jimmy said, "I'm starting to get red because I was ready to tell my embarrassing story, but then it got a little too real. And she's like, 'then you started playing video games. »
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Nothing like trading the rustic cold of Park City for the urban freeze of Berlin as you move from Sundance to the Berlinale running Feb. 5-15. Last year’s Oscar contender, Grand Budapest Hotel took its bow there, just don’t expect this year’s most talked about world premiere, Fifty Shades of Grey, to do the same. Among 2015’s hopefuls are Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, as well as Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson. Whether you’re a player or a schlepper, read on to find out where to
- Jordan Riefe, Scott Roxborough
Featuring an all star cast including Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, and Homeland’s Damien Lewis, the film chronicles the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, a twentieth century British explorer, traveller, archaeologist, cartographer and political attaché.
The excerpt may be an intimate close up of what’s to come between Kidman and Lewis but it’s the snap shots from Queen Of The Desert that really hint at how epically beautiful Herzog’s film is going to be. Check out the clip and images for yourself below and let us know what you think.
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- Sacha Hall
James Franco closed out Slamdance’s 21st festival on Thursday by sitting down for its latest “Coffee With” event. His candid chat about independent filmmaking was followed by a screening of “Yosemite,” which Franco produced through his Rabbit Bandini Production company.
The film, directed by Gabrielle Demeestere, chronicles the adventures of three 5th grade friends as they and their suburban community must deal with the looming threat of a mountain lion.
Franco’s passion for independent film has a direct correlation with what »
- Jason Hughes
The Academy of Country Music awards are just around the corner and only Entertainment Tonight has your first look at the nominees!
Pics: Acm Red Carpet Fashion
The full batch of nominations will be revealed on Friday, Jan. 30, but Et's own Nancy O'Dell announced the Video of the Year contenders on Thursday's show -- with a little help from Acm co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Video of the Year:
"American Kids": Kenny Chesney
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"Cop Car": Keith Urban
"Drunk on a Plane": Dierks Bentley
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You": Glen Campbell
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Who's your pick for Video of the »
The Church of Scientology is on the attack against the director of a documentary eviscerating the org., claiming the guy who made the most indicting claims is a known liar. A rep from Scientology tells TMZ ... the man featured in the movie who claims Church officials illegally wiretapped Nicole Kidman cannot be believed because he has admitted under oath in a court case he's lied about the Church before. The rep says in December Marty »
- TMZ Staff
When reviewing a movie intended for a younger audience, I try to put myself in the shoes of the film’s key demographic. With a movie like Paddington, I immediately found myself whisked away into the world of everyone’s favorite bear from deepest, darkest Peru. Watching the movie brought back my childhood memories of reading Michael Bond’s book series. I’m happy to report that the film captures the charm, whimsy, wit, and joy that ooze off the pages of the books.
Paddington opens up with a quick prologue explaining the discovery of Paddington’s Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo followed by how, and why, Paddington found his way inside London’s Paddington Station with a tag around his neck with a request to “please look after this bear” like a child evacuee from World War II. Once in London, Paddington finds himself taken in by the Brown »
- Dane Jackson
I do not know about you, but whenever Werner Herzog has a new movie coming out, I get very excited. Even if I end up not liking the movie, he always makes something unique and interesting. And, hopefully, insane. Queen of the Desert is the title of his latest, and it sounds like it could be his most traditional film. You can watch a new clip of the film below, featuring Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis. The film is based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, who was a writer, archaeologist, political attache for the British Empire, and much more at the turn of the twentieth century. Along with Kidman and Lewis, the also film stars Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (that's big shoes to fill...) and James Franco as Henry Cadogan. We have not gotten a narrative feature from Herzog since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, »
- Mike Shutt
"Now, Nicole Kidman,” Werner Herzog said last summer about her lead performance in his upcoming "Queen Of The Desert." “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.” And well, we shall soon see. The filmmaker's anticipated drama is just a week or so away from being unveiled at the Berlin International Film Festival and the first clip has arrived. Featuring a pretty nice ensemble which includes the omnipresent James Franco, Robert Pattinson, and “Homeland” star Damian Lewis, the true-story film chronicles the life of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, traveler, archaeologist and political officer. But as you'll see in this clip, romance is not part of the equation of her mission in the Middle Eastern desert, no matter how strong the pangs of passion. Watch below. Is this the Kidman performance we've been waiting for? Hit the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before bestowing its international awards in La on Saturday, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts handed out trophies for homegrown titles in Sydney on Thursday. In a rare, but not unprecedented turn of events, the Best Film prize was a split. Both from first-time helmers, Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook shared the win. Kent also took home the Best Directing trophy — Crowe was not nominated in the category.
The Water Diviner, released by Universal locally, was the most successful Australian film of 2014 and also earned a prize for Supporting Actor Yilmaz Erdogan. Horror pic The Babadook, which also scooped Best Original Screenplay, was previously honored by the New York Film Critics Circle with the Best First Film prize. Nicole Kidman/Colin Firth drama The Railway Man was awarded the Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. The »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.
Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »
- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman
Judging by the Park City crowds that attempted to elbow their way into the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief one might say this is Alex Gibney’s most talked-about film to date.
And that is saying a lot for the veteran documentarian who has made a career out of pushing boundaries.
The film adopts a similar structure to Lawrence Wright’s 2013 bestseller of the same name, focusing on eight people who broke away from the grip of the Scientology community and their difficult, often troubling, stories that resulted.
As the title of both film and book suggests, ‘The Prison Of Belief’ is what Gibney and Wright refer to as the boxed-in walls that confine a person into believing what they are told. It is, as Gibney puts it, “that ‘terrifying certainty of faith’ that gives comfort in not having to ask the tough questions everyday.”
We meet at »
Robert Redford opened this year’s Sundance by underscoring how the annual film festival, which he started 31 years ago, was about embracing diversity and change, two qualities that often slip through the cracks of Hollywood’s studio system. It was a refreshing message against a backdrop of a business that saw ticket sales drop by more than 5% in 2014.
Indeed, in the snow-covered streets of Park City, it didn’t look like the movie business had gone cold. Buyers acknowledge that Sundance inspired passionate bidding wars and marked enthusiasm for releasing innovative stories on the bigscreen. A number of competing newer distributors such as the Orchard, Amplify Releasing and A24 helped drive prices up, even as digital players like Amazon and Netflix have yet to land a high-profile sale.
But all this buying fever doesn’t necessarily guarantee profits. No Sundance acquisition from 2014 made more than $8 million theatrically, and the highest-grossing festival title, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
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