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Two very fine actors do what they can to enliven a bland cross-cultural bonding exercise in “Learning to Drive,” the story of a brief encounter between a Manhattan literary critic (Patricia Clarkson) and an Indian-American cab driver (Ben Kingsley) who have much to teach each other in matters of life and love. Winner of a runner-up audience prize in Toronto, (“Another Me,” “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo”), and its star duo and easygoing premise should ensure a measure of theatrical interest. Still, as filmmaking goes, “Drive” is pretty pedestrian.
This isn’t the first time Clarkson has played a woman who finds herself drawn to a foreigner, but unlike the Egypt-set “Cairo Time,” “Learning to Drive” unfolds in present-day Manhattan, that mass-transit paradise (or hell) where one can get around easily without getting behind the wheel. But that changes for Clarkson’s Wendy Shields when Ted (Jake Weber), her husband of 21 years, »
- Justin Chang
Nobody is talking about "American Sniper," which sits low in our predictions with 100/1 odds. To be fair, nobody has seen it yet, but that's also true of other films with better odds like "Unbroken" and "Gone Girl." Even sight unseen, "Sniper" may be worth taking seriously as a contender. It opens on Christmas Day and is directed by Clint Eastwood, who pulled off a last-minute Oscar ambush 10 years ago when "Million Dollar Baby" took the top prize. Could "American Sniper" do the same? -Break- Who got Best Actor Oscars boost from Tiff: Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, ...? For a while, 2004 seemed like the year Martin Scorsese would finally get his overdue first Oscar, for the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator," and that early momentum led to wins for the film at the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, and PGA Awards. But "Million Dollar Baby," which was filmed just a...' »
The Toronto International Film Festival has the heftiest lineup of documentaries of any major mainstream film festival, which makes sense because the massive Tiff has the heftiest lineup of almost every other kind of film, too. This year's doc lineup in Toronto includes work from such titans as Frederick Wiseman (“National Gallery”) and Martin Scorsese (“The 50 Year Argument”). But three of the most high-profile nonfiction films at the fest are also three of its darkest: Joshua Oppenheimer‘s “The Look of Silence,” his followup to the Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing” (photo above); Robert Kenner‘s “Merchants of Doubt, »
- Steve Pond
The folks at One Way Static Records must have chanted “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, because their latest release is the soundtrack to 1992’s Candyman, a film based on Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short story, “The Forbidden.” Making its vinyl debut, the eerie soundtrack by Philip Glass is available to pre-order, and we have song samples and a look at the gatefold and cassette cover art.
Press Release - “One Way Static Records is really proud to be bring you their latest release, A release where we had the chance to work with two icons in their own respective fields!
- Derek Anderson
“There’s a storm coming detective, and I don’t know of any umbrellas that will keep this city dry,” says the protagonist of “The Revenge Of The Green Dragons” at one point. It’s spoken with a sincerity that had us scratching our heads in bewilderment, a statement that’s not exactly directed at this ludicrous, over-the-top mess of a movie, but at Martin Scorsese, who will have his name forever attached to it. Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo team up for directing duties (Lau’s “Infernal Affairs” gives you hope) with Scorsese executive producing. On paper, the film looked like it could be a boatload of extravagant, gun-toting fun. Little did we know that, in reality, reading “Martin Scorsese Presents” in the opening credits would be the closest this movie comes to being great. Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) are two Chinese-American brothers, who grew up in late-80s Queens, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Maika Monroe knows there's certain baggage that comes with being called a “Scream Queen” in Hollywood. And she's totally fine with it. The star of horror coming of age drama “It Follows” stopped by TheWrap's video suite, presented by SodaStream at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about her new movie, filming it back-to-back with another horror movie — “The Guest” — and playing strong women in dangerous situations. See photos: Toronto Party Report in Pictures: Keira Knightley, Adam Driver, Martin Scorsese and a Studio Chief in Hockey Gear “There was just something different about it,” Monroe said of the horror. »
- Linda Ge
Drop your buzzword "McConnaissance" all you like, Matthew McConaughey’s about to make some art. From Richard Linklater’s "Bernie" in 2011 (or even arguably the deliciously good/bad B-movie "The Lincoln Lawyer") to present day, McConaughey hasn’t stepped into a bad role. In fact, all of them have been good, if not great. Turns with William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese and Cary Joji Fukunaga have all been stellar. And a film with Christopher Nolan is coming this fall as a kind of cherry on top of all his success. But his next project, with Gus Van Sant, sounds a lot more minimalist, philosophical and lyrical. Titled “Sea Of Trees,” in what sounds like a existential two-hander, McConaughey stars as a suicidal American on his way to die who befriends a Japanese man lost in a dense, mysterious forest near Mt. Fuji, and the two search for a way out. »
- Edward Davis
After their huge critical and box-office acclaim opposite each other in The Wolf of Wall Street from Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to re-team on American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a film based on the life of Richard Jewell, a American security guard who became a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.
Today, Deadline reports that the project may have found its director in the shape of Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). The siet suggests that Greengrass is circling the film, but no deal has been made as of yet.
Based on the Vanity Fair article of the same name by Marie Brenner, the film will feature Hill as Jewell, whose life is thrown into turmoil following allegations of his involvement in the disaster. DiCaprio, meanwhile, will play his lawyer. Jewell was eventually exonerated, but not at the expense of an investigation that, »
- Scott Davis
The film is based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner with the same name and tells the true story of the events that took place during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.
Security guard Richard Jewell reports a knapsack bomb at the summer games and finds himself becoming a suspect in the investigation of the terrorist plot. Jonah Hill will be portraying Richard Jewell, while Leonardo DiCaprio is playing his lawyer.
Paul Greengrass will direct from a screenplay by Captain Phillips' scribe Billy Ray. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are also producing with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Kevin Misher. The acting pair previously worked together in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
A production schedule has not been announced. »
Following their stellar performances in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, for which both were Oscar-nominated, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to reteam for a biopic centering on Richard Jewell, a heroic security guard who spotted a knapsack bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and cleared the area of bystanders before it exploded, only to find himself accused by the authorities of planting the bomb himself. And now, Deadline is reporting that Paul Greengrass, whose 2013 thriller Captain Phillips racked up six Oscar noms, is circling the project.
News that Greengrass could take the reins on the Richard Jewell pic is especially exciting given that Billy Ray, who penned Captain Phillips to great acclaim, is already set to scribe this film, working from Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell.” Greengrass and Ray’s last collaboration was a true nail-biter, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
After proving their comedic chemistry (with a tinge of drama) in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have found another excuse to work together again. Earlier this year they became attached to the 20th Century Fox film The Ballad of Richard Jewell. Based off Marie Brenner‘s 1997 article for Vanity Fair (read it […] »
- Jordan Raup
The Captain Phillips director is in line for the project about the man who was falsely accused of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, reports Deadline.
The film will be based on Marie Brenner's 1997 Vanity Fair article 'The Ballad of Richard Jewell'.
Hill will play Jewell, with DiCaprio taking on the role of a southern attorney who befriends the beleaguered security guard.
Evidently, Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio got on like a house on fire during the filming of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” So they wasted no time lining up another project; an adaptation of a Vanity Fair article, "American Nightmare: The Ballad Of Richard Jewell” about the man falsely accused of bombing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. 20th Century Fox hired screenwriter Billy Ray to pen the script earlier this year. And it appears that Ray's script has attracted Paul Greengrass. Ray wrote “Captain Phillips,” which Greengrass directed to much acclaim last year, and according to Deadline, Greengrass is circling the director’s chair for this untitled drama. According to the original Vanity Fair article, Richard Jewell was identified as the F.B.I.'s prime suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. In the piece, the then 34-year-old security guard told his story, “his brief moment as a national hero, »
- Edward Davis
Following their critically-acclaimed performances opposite one another in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have been planning a new feature film based on the life of security guard Richard Jewell who, in 1996, became both a national hero and, immediately thereafter, a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. Today, Deadline reveals that the project may have found a director in Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). They report that Greengrass is circling the film, but has not yet made a commitment. »
Director Shawn Levy has revealed that work on a sequel to 2011’s Real Steel has begun in secret. Real Steel starred Hugh Jackman as a washed-up boxer who spends his summer with his estranged son building a battle bot called Atom to compete in a robot boxing tournament. Whilst promoting new movie This Is Where I Leave You, the director shared that he and his leading man Jackman have been trying to create an idea for a second film:
“We have been quietly developing a sequel to Real Steel for three and a half years. We’ve come up with some great scripts but Hugh and I would only make it if the plot feels fresh, but also the character journeys feel fresh, and we’ve found both but never at the same time. It’s ongoing. I know the clock is ticking. That movie, weirdly, for a movie that »
- Kat Smith
The American Film Institute will announce their next lifetime achievement honoree in the near future. Who do you think will be selected for their 2015 tribute? -Break- Last year's recipient was two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda. The 2013 program honoring director and writer Mel Brooks was so well-received, it won the Emmy Award a few weeks ago as Best Variety Special. Related: Kennedy Center Honors select Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin The annual event began in 1973 with director John Ford as the first honoree. Other notables over the next few years included James Cagney, Orson Welles, William Wyler, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, and Fred Astaire. When you make a prediction using our poll below, keep in mind the following living people have already been honored by the AFI: Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hank. »
In today's roundup of news and views, we point to Terence Nance's (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) discussion of Tim Sutton’s Memphis, an interview with Harry Dean Stanton, R. Emmet Sweeney on an overlooked film by Jean Renoir and an excerpt from Paul Cronin's new book of interviews with Werner Herzog. And currently working on new films are Ringo Lam, Todd Haynes, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese and Benedek Fliegauf. Plus: videos on the work of Wes Anderson and the late Robin Williams. » - David Hudson »
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
Martin Scorsese’s got to be juicing. Or implementing a strict fitness regimen followed by bathing in the tears of virgins. This wiseguy is showing no signs of reducing his already prolific output. It’s been pretty much confirmed he’ll be tackling Silence as his next film, and after that, it looks like it could be the long-gestating mobster-epic The Irishman.
Development has slowed to an almost glacial pace – but don’t be fooled. That’s just the way it works sometimes, folks. This weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, Al Pacino, who’s long-since been attached to co-star, revealed that it’s still pushing forward. Based on a script by Steve Zaillian, Pacino will join Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and as he revealed to The Daily Beast: Bobby Cannavale. Seems Pacino was excited to talk about his working with Scorsese, but more importantly, another collaboration with DeNiro:
- Gem Seddon
The Irishman is one of Martin Scorsese’s many projects he’s had planned over the years which I find myself checking up on from time to time; now it might actually come to fruition, according to star Al Pacino anyway. Obviously this isn’t anything official because Pacino could be full of wishful thinking like the rest of us, but he’s talking about The Irishman! Scorsese is prepping his long-awaited Silence movie next; so let’s hope »
- Graham McMorrow
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