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There are hundreds of film festivals out there and hardly a weekend goes by without a city announcing one of its very own. Whether you’re thinking of heading to your first film festival or you’ve dipped you toes in the water already, we’ve put together a list of the five best European film festivals to visit next year, as well as a guide as to what you should take along with you.
European film festivals
Probably the most well-known European film festival, Cannes occurs every May and runs for two weeks. The most coveted prize is the Palm d’Or and big winners have included Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino.
The final of the big three European film festivals, »
- Kyle Reese
Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise, opens today bolstered by a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is anchored by strong performances from 28-year-old Michael B. Jordan, who stars as boxer Adonis Johnson, the son of late boxer and former Rocky Balboa rival, Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone, who returns for the seventh time to the role that earned him the only two Oscar nominations in his career and made him a star nearly 40 years ago.
39 years ago, in 1976, Stallone premiered the first film in the pugilistic franchise and it paid off in big dividends for the then-30-year-old actor. In addition to a best actor nomination that year, Stallone also earned a nomination for best original screenplay, becoming only the third person in history to earn nominations for both starring in and writing the same film. If that wasn’t enough, the »
- Patrick Shanley
One of the key events in Africa and the Arab world, the Marrakech Fest has a large ability to attract significant actors and directors in a context where they are willing to talk to some length and with easier access about their careers. This year is no exception.
The 2015 edition will also pay tribute to Atom Egoyan, who will preside a Canadian delegation at the festival.
“The personalities receiving tributes and delivering masterclasses at the 15th edition represent, between them, a beacon of hope for the future, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
This interview was originally published online by Sight & Sound. It is being re-published on the Notebook in conjunction with Albert Serra's Story of My Death playing on Mubi in most countries in the world through December 14, 2015.If new movie masterpieces are proclaimed at each and every major film festival each and every year, the notable absence of adventurous, exciting and otherwise transgressive cinema amongst those lauded should inspire us to question not only the terms we use to describe films but also the standards to which we hold them.Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra, a transcendental minimalist who wields his camera like only a handful of fellow feature-film digital adventurers – among them Pedro Costa, David Lynch and Michael Mann – is one of the few who produces work that truly creates a new encounter with the audience. His radically stripped-down, voluptuously shaggy adaptations of canonical writing – Cervantes in Honour of the Knights »
- Daniel Kasman
The 15th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will include "master classes" with world cinema titans Fatih Akin ("The Edge of Heaven"), Abbas Kiarostami ("Certified Copy," above), and Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy"), continuing its tradition of attracting major figures such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. This year's festival runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12. Read More: "Scorsese's Marrakech International Film Festival Jury Winners Led by 'Han Gong-Ju' (Trailer)" In addition, Marrakech will pay tribute to performers Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and India's Madhuri Dixit; Moroccan filmmaker Kamal Derakaoui, and The Candian Cinema, with Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") presiding over the delegation. Marrakech may be long distance, but this line-up is enough to tempt anyone to book a last-minute ticket. »
- Matt Brennan
Despite losing her footing quite frequently, Jennifer Lawrence revealed what her truly most embarrassing moments have been on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.” Lawrence said that while making the awards party rounds for her 2012 film “Silver Linings Playbook,” she got into a conversation with a woman whom Lawrence was convinced was legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor. The only problem? Taylor died in 2011. “The Hunger Games” star also said that she had a very revealing first meeting with director Francis Ford Coppola. While visiting Paris, Lawrence ran into Coppola at a restaurant. She introduced herself, only to realize too late that. »
- Joe Otterson
Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games press tour continues, and she has saved her most mortifying moments for The Tonight Show. In fact, she shares the top two most embarrassing experiences, one involving Francis Ford Coppola and the other with someone she thought was Elizabeth Taylor. Of course, these stories allowed fellow J.Lo looky-loo Jimmy Fallon to talk about that time he embarrassed himself in front of music legend Clive Davis. Ah, all in the day of being adorable and famous.Lawrence also addressed the truthers out there who think she's just faking her falls. Nope! She just has terrible foot-eye coordination. The cast is doing a full-court press on this issue: On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Lawrence's co-star Liam Hemsworth also addressed the constant falling. In fact, he's borne witness to one of those incidents, which really just registered a minor tremor on the Jennifer Lawrence Embarrassment Scale. »
- E. Alex Jung
Jennifer Lawrence stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday and somehow made herself more lovable when she shared her two most embarrassing stories ever with host Jimmy Fallon. Jennifer, who is known for her silly faces and epic tumbles on the red carpet, told Jimmy that those moments don't even faze her anymore because they happen so often. The stunning actress went on to explain that her first unfortunate encounter happened during a Hollywood party in early 2013 when an older woman approached her to say hello. "The whole time she's talking to me, I'm like, 'Oh my god! This is Elizabeth Taylor!'" Jennifer said. "Who was dead at the time. Who's still dead!" She then revealed that during another encounter with director Francis Ford Coppola, she didn't realize her dress was unzipped and exposing her underwear. Watch the hilarious video above to see how both stories end, and then »
- Caitlin Hacker
Is Universal on its way to botching its planned series of Universal Monster reboots? Based on a piece published yesterday in Variety, it's certainly starting to sound that way. According to the article, which features interviews with Universal head Donna Langley and writers Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers") and Chris Morgan ("Furious 7"), the studio has hired a stable of storyboard artists, designers and writers to bring such characters as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Mummy and the Wolfman to life for contemporary audiences. The iconic monsters, each of which has a specific writer or writers attached, will inhabit a "shared universe" in a series of interconnected films set in modern day. As Kurtzman put it: “The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward." Added Morgan: ““This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring »
- Chris Eggertsen
I’ve spoken to many people in my time, but few (if any) have the same credentials as Walter Murch, whose résumé would be amazing if it was only for the collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola: editing and / or audio work on all three Godfather films and The Conversation, truly groundbreaking sound design on Apocalypse Now, editing the terribly ignored Youth Without Youth and Tetro — even being around for the early days of The Rain People and lesser-seen oddities such as Captain Eo. But that’s not the half of it, really, since he’s also been instrumental in proving how consumer-grade editing software can be as effective as high-end systems. And then there’s the work that helped George Lucas getting his career started. And the cult sensation that is his only directorial effort, Return to Oz. Or his book, In the Blink of an Eye, which is »
- Nick Newman
A sequel to "Top Gun" has been in the works for years, but it looks like it's starting to fill out its cast, with Val Kilmer returning as Iceman. And, in a shocking twist, Francis Ford Coppola will direct and Gene Hackman will come out of retirement to star! Or not. Mostly not. Kilmer got "Top Gun" fans (at least, the ones who are okay with a sequel being made) very excited yesterday when he announced on Facebook that he "just got offered #topgun2," and said yes without even reading a script. And then he wrote this: "'It's starring Gene Hackman...' 'Yes' 'The director is Francis Coppola...' 'Yes!' Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise!!! 'Yes.'" After several hours of confusion as to how Hackman and Coppola got involved with the project (and possibly after Kilmer got an earful from his agent), he edited the post to say »
- Sara Morrison
Val Kilmer is once again hitting the highway to the Danger Zone. Or at least he says he is. Kilmer, who played Iceman in the iconic 1986 film “Top Gun,” took to Facebook on Monday to announce that he’d been offered a role in the sequel to the film. And somehow, he managed to drag Gene Hackman and Francis Coppola into the conversation. Also Read: Christian Bale Wore Val Kilmer's Batsuit for His Batman Audition (Video) “I just got offered #topgun2 – not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script…” Kilmer wrote, before launching into perhaps not the only imaginary scenario. »
- Tim Kenneally
Walter Murch is extraordinary even within his own field, four times Oscar-nominated for film editing, three times nominated for sound mixing, achieving a landmark double when he won both for his work on 1997 movie “The English Patient.” This week, he attends the Camerimage film festival, which is devoted to the art of cinematography, to receive the Special Award to an Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity.
In a career that spans over 40 years, Murch is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola, beginning in 1969 with “The Rain People.” After working with George Lucas on “Thx 1138” (1971), which he co-wrote, and “American Graffiti” (1973), Murch returned to Coppola for 1974’s “The Conversation,” receiving his first Academy Award nomination as a result. Murch’s pioneering achievements were acknowledged by Coppola on his follow-up, the 1979 Palme d’Or winner “Apocalypse Now,” for which he was granted, in what is seen as a film-history first, »
- Damon Wise
Val Kilmer created a commotion online Tuesday with a Facebook post declaring that he would reprise his role of Iceman in Top Gun 2. "Let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!" he wrote. Hours later, he said he "jumped the top gun" with the announcement. "Being offered a role is very different from doing a role," he wrote in his update. "[It's] an innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent."
Kilmer's original post was very confusing. "I just got offered Top Gun 2 - not »
Tom Cruise won’t be the only 80s action star donning the overalls of the titular Naval Fighter Weapons School once more, now that Val Kilmer has announced that he’ll be reprising his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky for Top Gun 2, providing a healthy bout of airborne competition for Maverick once more.
Confirming the news via Facebook, Kilmer initially caused some confusion by referencing Gene Hackman and director Francis Ford Coppola, leading many to infer that the two talents would somehow be involved in Top Gun 2. Alas, that’s not the case, and Kilmer quickly set the record straight.
I just got offered #topgun2 – not often you get to say “yes” without reading the script…”It’s starring Gene…
Posted by Val Kilmer on Monday, November 16, 2015
Beyond the misunderstanding, we know that Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer are a lock for the long-in-devleopment sequel, and the latter hinted »
- Michael Briers
Val Kilmer caused quite a stir on social media this week when he insinuated that "Top Gun 2" was officially a go, and that he was 100 percent on board for the flick. Now, the actor has backtracked a bit on those claims, telling fans that he's only been offered a part in the potential follow-up -- which may or may not make it into theaters.
Kilmer wrote on his Facebook page early Tuesday that he "just got offered" a role in the long-gestating sequel to 1986's "Top Gun." Kilmer also insinuated that original star Tom Cruise was already on board, and wrote, "let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!"
But that post -- which also name-checked Francis Ford Coppola and Gene Hackman, who Kilmer used as examples of people he'd also immediately agree to work with -- apparently caused some confusion among fans, who thought that those big names were somehow involved with the production. »
- Katie Roberts
Take my breath away....dun dun. Dun dun. Dun dun. Every time someone mentions "Top Gun," I can't help but think about the cheeseball love scenes from the flick and the catchy song from Berlin that comes with them. The movie was eye-rolling, over-the-top, and just plain ridiculous on many levels, but we can't help how nostalgic we feel for the thing. Now after many years of a long-rumored sequel to the classic film, it looks like things are finally getting going.
Earlier this year at a press junket, David Ellison, the CEO of Skydance said that "Top Gun 2" was in development, but at the time I didn't pay it much mind. A lot of old movies have sequels and reboots in development, and until shooting gets underway, I tend to doubt a lot of it. Well, we've gotten a bit closer to me buying a sequel.
- Joseph Medina
The project has been gestating for years and hit a stumbling block a few years ago when director Tony Scott tragically passed away. The project now has new life again in the wake of a deal between producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Paramount Pictures, with Justin Marks having been hired to write the script.
The story is still supposed to deal pilots struggling to remain relevant in a world when wars can be fought by drones. Cruise has long been linked (but not officially attached), with Kilmer seemingly the next actor to hop onboard. Kilmer made the announcement through his Facebook page, saying he was offered the film and quickly accepted:
- Garth Franklin
Top Gun 2 is one of those long-gestating sequels that we often hear about, but never see. Well, it looks like things are closer to happening this morning, as one of the original 1986 Top Gun cast members has confirmed their return. Val Kilmer, who played the villainous, yet ultimately heroic Iceman, jumped on his personal Facebook page to share the information. He states the following.
"I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script..."It's starring Gene Hackman..." "Yes" "The director is Francis Coppola..." "Yes!" Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise!!! "Yes." We will all miss Tony Scott one of the kindest gentlemen I've ever met in the film biz, but let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!"
There have been rumors for years that a Top Gun 2 has been in perpetual development. We know there have been strong story ideas. We know Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer are interested in making the movie if all the pieces come together. Now we.ve received confirmation that the script for the movie is making the rounds. Val Kilmer says he.s on board, but it.s the other people he says are involved that really got our attention. Update: Val Klimer has returned to social media to explain that Gene Hackman and Francis Coppola are examples of things people say "yes" to, but they are not involved in Gun 2. Damn. From Earlier: In a post to Facebook, Kilmer says he didn.t even bother to read the script before accepting it, because it.s Top Gun and it sounds like he.s just as excited as fans are »
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