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With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.
We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »
- Scott J. Davis
And the Oscar for Actor Most Likely to Be Detained by Airport Security goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays two real-life anarchist-heroes this fall: In Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, which opens the New York Film Festival on September 26, he stars as Philippe Petit, the French daredevil who walked a wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. And in Oliver Stone’s Snowden, out on December 25, Gordon-Levitt will play the exiled Nsa whistle-blower. If all that wasn’t enough to get him on a watch list, he’ll also reteam with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who produced last year’s The Interview, for The Night Before, about three best friends (Rogen, Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie) who spend a wild Christmas Eve in New York. Did you really learn to walk on a wire for The Walk? Some of it is me, and some is a double. »
- Lane Brown
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
Three weeks before the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, Media Content Capital and veteran film exec Paul Hanson are launching Covert Media to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year.
The films will carry budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range, which is less popular with the six major studios, given their focus on tentpoles and franchises.
Media Content is led by financiers Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. Hanson is the former co-founder and chief operating officer of Qed International and served as chief operating officer of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for the past two years.
He will serve as co-founder and CEO of the new company. The company said Wednesday that it will expand into a broader spectrum of budget sizes and into other media such as episodic content.
Covert will also service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, which has »
- Dave McNary
MoviesThe films David Edelstein can’t wait to see. Experimenter Oct. 9Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram, the Yale researcher who ordered test subjects to deliver shocks to a stranger, their semi-blind obedience suggesting the worst in human nature — as depicted by indie stalwart Michael Almereyda (Hamlet). Our Brand Is CrisisOct. 30 David Gordon Green directs a fictionalized version of one of the most penetrating docs of the aughts, Rachel Boynton’s tragicomedy of a South American election warped by newfangled Yankee image manipulation. BrooklynNov. 6Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant in what’s rumored to be an emotionally transporting portrait of a time and place — the Brooklyn of the ’50s. Snowden Dec. 25 Visionary-thug-maverick-iconoclast Oliver Stone will likely make up his own rules in telling the story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the traitor/savior who showed us the inner workings of our modern surveillance state. Joy Dec. 25The title is the »
- Justin Davidson,David Edelstein,Jesse Green,Christian Lorentzen,Jerry Saltz,Matt Zoller Seitz,Lindsay Zoladz
No Escape, 2015.
Directed by John Erick Dowdle.
In Southeast Asia an American family get caught amidst a violent political uprising. Amongst the upheaval and unrest Jack (Owen Wilson) and Annie (Lake Bell) Dwyer spend forty-eight hours on the run. As protests turn to bloodshed and embassies burn their options begin to run out…
This could be the smartest piece of casting all year. By using proven character actors, a convincing female lead and children who can act John Eric and Drew Dowdle have done two things. Not only does No Escape feel like a seriously grounded thriller similar to Oliver Stone’s ‘Salvador’. It also manages to hit believable character beats without feeling contrived. Meaning that after a honeymoon period of less than fifteen minutes No Escape hits the ground running. Serving up palpable tension which only increases as riots spill »
- Gary Collinson
15 years ago today, the Toros stepped out onto the football field and put some serious cheer back into the atmosphere. To steal a phrase from the film: Bring It On's the poo - so take a big whiff.
A Hollywood star from the age of 12 thanks to her breakthrough role in Interview with the Vampire, Dunst's star was burning brightly when she led the Toros as Torrance Shipman. Two years later, she went on to land her biggest role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's three Spider-man films.
In recent years, she's reinvented herself as a critical darling, winning Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Melancholia, »
Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publications has bestowed since 1998.
Variety’s VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos says, “Actors to Watch turn up in edgy little indies, studio blockbusters and from all corners of the world. You’ll see some of these actors in upcoming awards season films, and you will have seen some of them in current summer hits. We feel they all have one thing in common: uncommonly bright futures.”
Past honorees include many future Oscar winners and nominees such as Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Shannon and Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be feted in the Oct. 6 issue of Variety, in conjunction with coverage of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 8-12. This marks the fourth year Variety has collaborated with the festival to present Actors to Watch. »
- Variety Staff
Joseph Gordon-Levitt welcomed a baby boy over the weekend with his wife Tasha McCauley. Being the awards nuts that we are, we can't help but wonder if Gordon-Levitt is about to bring home another small bald thing in a few months ... the Oscar! Gordon-Levitt is the lead character in not one, but two hot Oscar contenders due out this year: "Snowden" in which he plays infamous CIA leaker Edward Snowden and "The Walk" where he portrays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit. -Break- Poll: Should John Oliver host the next Oscars? Both films are helmed by renowned Oscar-winning directors, which puts Gordon-Levitt in the unique position of having two entries in the competitive Best Actor race. "Snowden" is directed by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone and hits theaters Christmas day. Stone won the Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1978 for "Midnight Express" and took home Best Director trophies for "Pl..."' »
The feature film Snowden is currently in post-production and will be released in the Us on Christmas day. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Edward Snowden in the film directed by Oliver Stone, so don’t expect subtlety. If you want to find out more about Snowden, be sure to check out the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour, which will be released on Blu-ray August 25th.
Few documentaries have cameras rolling as history is being made. But director Laura Poitras found herself in the middle of momentous times while making Citizenfour, which took us behind the scenes as Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden worked with (among others) journalist Glenn Greenwald to expose the organization’s systematic surveillance of everyday Americans. From the worried initial meetings in a Hong Kong hotel room to the later fallout across the globe, »
- Tom Stockman
Mike Leigh, director of such classic films as "Secrets & Lies," "Vera Drake," "Topsy-Turvy," and "Happy-Go-Lucky" is gaining long overdue awards recognition at this year's Zurich Film Festival The longtime writer and film director is set to receive the Golden Eye award on October 3rd. In conjunction with the festival award, Leigh will also be teaching a master class to the public, and a retrospective of his most notable works will play during the festival's Sept. 24th — Oct. 4th run. Other distinguished winners of the Golden Eye award include filmmakers Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears and Michael Haneke. Leigh previously won the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and the Director Award at Cannes for "Naked." »
- Ruben Guevara
British director Mike Leigh, who has been Oscar nominated seven times, will receive the “A Tribute to…” Golden Eye award at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 4.
Leigh will collect the award during a ceremony on Oct. 3 and also conduct a public masterclass during the festival. Additionally, the festival will screen a retrospective of some of his most notable works.
Leigh was Oscar nominated twice each for “Secrets & Lies” and “Vera Drake,” and also for “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy” and “Another Year.” He won the director award at Cannes for “Naked” and the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and Venice’s Golden Lion for “Vera Drake.” Along with fellow directors Ken Loach and Stephen Frears, he was part of the New British Cinema movement, which has provided a social critique of Britain over the past three decades.
- Seth Kelley
BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.
British director Mike Leigh is to receive the Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute to…award.
Leigh will also deliver a public masterclass at the festival, which will screen a retrospective of his productions, details of which have yet to be announced.
In a statement, the festival described Leigh as “an important exponent of so-called New British Cinema, a genus of filmmaking that has performed a filmic analysis of and cast its critical lens upon social developments in Britain since the 1980s”.
Theatre, Television, Cinema
Leigh was born in 1943 in Salford, North West England. He began training »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Benicio Del Toro may have been hooked on a feeling for Marvel’s beloved galactic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, brining The Collector to life with style and grace. But given the fact that the actor is unsure if he will reprise his role in James Gunn’s 2017 sequel, Del Toro is now eager to cement his place in a galaxy far, far away instead.
Speculation ran rife only last month when the actor was reportedly offered a major part in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, one which would see him play the sequel’s lead villain – likely to be an all-powerful Sith Lord.
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Following up on The Wrap’s initial report, Benicio Del Toro essentially confirms the rumors here, and admitted that he is hopeful all will fall into place sooner rather than later.
“I can’t tell you much about it »
- Michael Briers
Lakeith Stanfield first turned heads in 2013’s SXSW breakout “Short Term 12,” but 2015 may be the year he becomes truly ubiquitous. After portraying Jimmie Lee Jackson in “Selma,” the 23-year-old actor and musician will soon be seen in Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” and Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” as well as playing Snoop Dogg in N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” He’ll also play the lead in an untitled true story of a Brooklyn man wrongfully convicted of murder.
How much research did playing Snoop require?
Early on, I think Snoop was a little bit shy, and a bit reserved, but he played it cool. Wherever he went, you couldn’t help but be a bit high by his energy. I saw that in him and tried to channel that into the character. I did have to change up my voice to fit his, go into a higher register. I »
- Andrew Barker
Toronto and Venice have unveiled their line-ups and speculation is abound as to which films will show up in Telluride. Once the three high profile fall film festivals are in the bag all the attention will move to New York and once that's over with we'll be knee-deep in the 2015 awards season. However, while Toronto, Venice and Telluride are less than a month away it's still early and we're still talking, for the most part, about dartboard style predictions, but it never hurts to get things set up in preparation for the coming months as today I open the doors to my first batch of Best Director predictions for the 2016 Oscars. The reason I've held off so long on releasing these Director predictions is because it's a really tough crop of names to sort. Several high profile names make the list including three past winners in my initial top five, »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Cruise has come a very long way since his screen debut in Franc Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981). Thirty six movies and a whole lot of stardom later and he’s still the biggest movie star on the planet. He is perhaps, also the biggest film star in movie history. You’d be hard pushed to offer up any other actor that’s sustained that level of popularity and box office pull for that long. There is a good reason for this too. Cruise polarises opinion of course and there are those that would see his downfall, but in large part that’s due to all things that have little if nothing to do with Tom Cruise the filmmaker.
Being Tom Cruise must take a special kind of energy. So special in fact that he has sustained that level of dash for nigh on thirty years without letting up. And if Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, »
- Paul Donovan
'Fantastic Four' 2015 with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the biggest big-budget superhero(es) dud at the domestic office since at least The Green Hornet (not to be confused with the equally underwhelming Green Lantern) four years ago. Directed by Josh Trank, who dissed the film's final edit on Twitter (see more details below), Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara (Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / The Thing). A while back, Fantastic Four became the subject of ardent arguments because of Michael B. Jordan's ethnicity: unlike the Fruitvale Station actor, the comic books' Johnny Storm is white. »
- Zac Gille
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
Don Winslow's novel The Winter of Frankie Machine has been in development with directors ranging from Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann to Oliver Stone. Now, thanks to the massive deal that will see Ridley Scott directing Leonardo DiCaprio in the adaptation of Winslow's The Cartel, The Winter of Frankie Machine will now be developed for director William Friedkin. The legendary filmmaker... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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