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Acclaimed British artist Lincoln Townley, who counts the likes of Sir Michael Caine, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro amongst his fans, will head to Los Angeles this week after being commissioned to paint the honourees for this year’s prestigious Britannia Award.
The BAFTA Brtitannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA Los Angeles, and is a celebration of achievement honouring individuals and companies from the Us, UK and beyond who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image.
Honourees over the years have included Sir Michael Caine, Martin Scorsese, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Clint Eastwood, Dame Helen Mirren, Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro, Daniel Day Lewis and George Clooney.
Last year BAFTA La’s official artist-in-residence, »
- Paul Heath
There’s a new crop of male models springing up, and they just so happen to have famous parents. The sons of Pamela Anderson, Jude Law, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cindy Crawford — Brandon Thomas Lee, Rafferty Law, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis and Presley Gerber — are the faces of Dolce & Gabbana’s #DGMillennials campaign, and all posed together […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
It’s been three years since Martin Scorsese’s last film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but soon his latest epic “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, will be in theaters for all to see. Based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel by the same name, the film follows two 17th century Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) who face violence and persecution as they travel through Japan to spread Christianity and locate their mentor (Liam Neeson). Catch a first look at Driver in the new film below, courtesy of The Playlist.
Considered a passion project for Scorsese, “Silence” has been in development in some form since 1990. Many actors have been in previous negotiations to star, like Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro. Filming finally began in January of last year, and according to Deadline, Scorsese is currently editing the final cut. »
- Vikram Murthi
Kurtz, the fabled central figure in “Heart of Darkness,” entered a primitive jungle world and made himself over into its homicidal master. His colonial malevolence was echoed in two landmark films of the ’70s: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” in which Klaus Kinski’s bug-eyed, raving conquistador led a jungle odyssey into madness, and “Apocalypse Now,” in which Martin Sheen’s burnt-out assassin discovered, in Marlon Brando, a different kind of Kurtz — a philosopher of war’s evil, a leader who had gone “insane” only because he was the only one who saw Vietnam with utter clarity. But in “The Lost City of Z,” set within the British Empire during the early decades of the 20th century, the English explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) spends years seeking out the natives of the Amazonian jungle — and the mystery behind them — with a sense of purpose that is never less than high and mighty, »
- Owen Gleiberman
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. »
- James Franco
The morning after A United Kingdom opened the BFI London Film Festival, its main star, David Oyelowo, received a standing ovation for an impassioned and frequently comical speech about diversity, a topic he freely admitted he was "really tired of talking about." "That word must be what the words 'James Bond' are for Idris Elba at the moment," he joked as he opened the Black Star Symposium, a major debate about diversity onscreen, focusing on issues facing black talent in the U.K. Oyelowo said he frequently watched interviews with his favorite actors, including Daniel Day-Lewis and
- Alex Ritman
As far as passion projects go, Silence may well take the biscuit. First hatched more than two decades ago by the illustrious Martin Scorsese, for one reason or another, the historical epic fell onto the director’s back-burner as he mulled over casting decisions – Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Gael García Bernal were attached early on – location shooting, and even the possibility of utiziling 3D.
It’s been a long and meandering road, then, but Deadline brings word today that Scorsese and Co. have finally locked eyes on a finish line. Thrusting Silence directly into the crowded awards season, Paramount has penciled Scorsese’s latest in for theatrical release on December 23, where it will open directly opposite Juan Antonio Bayona’s tear-jerker A Monster Calls.
It’s only a few days shy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the big heavyweight to watch out for – along with other »
- Michael Briers
“Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s passion project about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan, has snagged an awards-season release date, signaling that Paramount Pictures believes it has an Oscar contender on its hands.
The religious epic will debut in limited release on Dec. 23, before expanding in January. There are no wide releases scheduled to debut on that date, but “A Monster Calls,” a fantasy adventure, will bow in limited release on that date. Moreover, it is a crowded time of year as studios are fielding a number of prestige films and commercial projects, all trying to take advantage of the holidays. The animated musical “Sing,” video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” and “Passengers,” a sci-fi romance with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, hit theaters two days before “Silence” debuts.
- Brent Lang
Certainly, no shortage of critical ink has been spilled over “There Will Be Blood.” Paul Thomas Anderson’s ferociously ambitious American epic has rightly been hailed by many as one of the finest achievements of the last few decades or so of popular cinema, and the recent announcement that star Daniel Day-Lewis would be reuniting with Anderson for a period drama set in the world of New York high fashion has seen collective cinephile enthusiasm practically shooting through the roof.
- Nicholas Laskin
“For me, it was never a question,” show creator Scott Silveri says about casting Fowler. “God bless the studio and the network for not questioning that. I had geared up for a big fight, but the fight never came. There wasn’t the pushback I expected.”
Silveri — who based “Speechless” loosely off of his own experience growing up with an older brother with a disability — says he’s been wanting to do a show like “Speechless” for nearly 20 years, and while he happened to be developing something on his own, he found out ABC was looking for a show about a family with a special needs child.
“I expected to be some trailblazing vanguard like ‘It’s time!’ and »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
John Huston's 1948 masterpiece, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, examines the dark psyche of humanity; and continues to influence cinema into the 21st Century. Humphrey Bogart, one of our finest actors, encapsulates the greed, power, betrayal, and violence that looms inside humanity.
In the 1940s, overshadowed by the Second World War, Hollywood began to produce darker and more cynical films to reflect the mood of the nation. In this decade Hollywood saw the birth of film noir and a boom of gangster pictures; writer/director John Huston and his frequent collaborator, Humphrey Bogart, contributed to these genres with The Maltese Falcon and Key Largo, respectively, both classics in their own regard, but it’s 1948’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre which dug deeper into the human psyche, and whose influence extends into the 21st Century’s best cinema.
The story is simple: Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) is looking for work in Tampico, »
- email@example.com (Collin Llewellyn)
Keanu Reeves doesn’t always get to enjoy the same level of respect as his actorly peers, possibly because most people still think of him as the goofy idiot from the Bill & Ted movies. The Matrix helped a little, but that just led to more cool action projects like John Wick instead of really convincing people that Reeves is more than that goofy idiot. This trailer for director Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, on the other hand, is so intensely serious that it may have actually come from an alternate universe where the Bill & Ted movies never happened and Reeves is regarded as one of those Daniel Day Lewis-style “actors’ actors.”
The Whole Truth revolves around a seemingly open-and-shut murder case in which a young guy is accused of murdering Jim Belushi (who plays his dad). Reeves is the kid’s lawyer, and as the trial goes ...
- Sam Barsanti
Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” a suspenseful tale about a Texas kidnapping gone wrong starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, had audiences squirming and squealing at the Toronto Film Festival. Jeff Nichols’ “Loving,” about a married multi-racial couple in ’60s Virginia, received a heartfelt standing ovation. And J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” a special effects-laden allegory with the voice of Liam Neeson in the title role, had everybody bawling, even the chairman of Focus Features, which is distributing all three films this fall season.
“The first time I saw ‘A Monster Calls,’ it was borderline embarrassing, sitting with the staff,” says Peter Kujawski, the longtime Universal executive who has run Focus Features since February. “It wasn’t like I had a gentle tear rolling down my face. I needed a minute. That’s happened every time,” including the premiere last weekend in Canada’s Roy Thomson Hall, where star »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The biggest deal to emerge during the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) came together before the event started, which says a lot about the acquisitions scene these days.
Distributors need no reminding of the treacherous terrain they occupy. Too many films continue to compete for a slice of the North American box office in a traditionally theatrical manner, only to fall short of expectations in an increasingly fractured marketplace bloated with consumer choice.
Buyers invest early in the best prospects and so Focus Features took worldwide rights off the table to Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming 1950s London haute couture drama to star Daniel Day-Lewis in a deal reportedly valued at $35m.
CAA handled that one on behalf of the filmmakers. Similarly, Wme Global and Good Universe touted an action-thriller package called Kin ahead of the festival and Lionsgate pounced on worldwide rights for what was understood to be in the mid-to-high $20m range.
“The entire »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Radiohead‘s promotion for A Moon Shaped Pool has seen them show off their cinephile side. Paul Thomas Anderson got the ball rolling with his music video for “Daydreaming,” while filmmakers like Richard Ayoade, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Ben Wheatley created video vignettes for Instagram for various songs on the album. And after a summer of touring, the band have returned to Anderson who has directed a simple, and quite lovely video for “Present Tense.”
Shot live in Tarzana, California, the video sees Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and a Roland Cr-78 coming together for a stripped down version of “Present Tense.” It’s intimate stuff, the direction is unfussy, and the result is quite intimate.
- Kevin Jagernauth
After helming the music video for Radiohead’s “Daydreaming” earlier this year, Paul Thomas Anderson has collaborated with the band once again. PTA’s live video for “Present Tense” — which, like “Daydreaming,” is taken from the album “A Moon Shaped Pool” — is considerably more straightforward: It simply features Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood performing the song in question. Watch it below.
The footage was shot during a live performance in Tarzana, California last month. PTA is no stranger to music videos, having worked with Fiona Apple on multiple occasions, plus Jon Brion, Michael Penn and Aimee Man (whose music played a significant role in “Magnolia”). Several theaters across the country screened “Daydreaming” on 35mm earlier this year; PTA and the band sent a note to the Music Box in Chicago that read, “We’ve made a film, »
- Michael Nordine
Biopics and retelling of well-known historical events are probably one of the hardest projects for a filmmaker to take on. But after Darren Aronofsky asked his pal, Chilean director Pablo Larrain (No, Neruda), to take on a project about the former First Lady in the days immediately after the JFK assassination, the film world braced for potential. Add the indomitable Natalie Portman to the mix, and you have one of the surprise players of the fall awards season, a personal and at times revelatory movie that never ventures into the simplistic and rarely gives in to indulgence.
In Jackie, written by a surprising Noah Oppenheim (his other features include The Divergent series), we get to know facets of the idealized figure that may have escaped from public consciousness. It’s not just that she explains inside stories like the origin of the term Camelot to describe the Kennedys (her husband »
- J Don Birnam
Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.
Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.
Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, »
- Demetrios Matheou
The Toronto International Film Festival has a well-deserved reputation for being a film industry event that gives rise to an incredible number of notable production deals. With that in mind, this year has so far seemed somewhat quieter than usual – and this has led to speculation in some quarters about the stability of the industry as a whole. But then, in came legendary writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson with his untitled next project, sparking an impressive bidding war that was ultimately won by Focus Features.
Seeing off competition from Fox Searchlight, Focus has secured the worldwide rights to the film, and will supply its entire budget of $35 million. Co-producing, along with Anderson, will be the equally legendary Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures – a long-time champion of independent filmmaking. The deal was undoubtedly helped to fruition by the fact that the movie will see Paul Thomas Anderson reunite with his Academy Award »
- Sarah Myles
Writer-director Jim Sheridan has built a career off the plight of the Irish working class, with his best films (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, and The Boxer) all starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Lately, without Day-Lewis, Sheridan has been stuck in a rut of average American films (Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Brothers, Dream House) and yet I still had somewhat decent expectations for his newest work, The Secret Scripture. It does, after all, star one of the very best actresses working these days, Rooney Mara. As evidenced in Carol, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Her, The Social Network, and more, she can detail a world of emotions with just a glance at her piercing green eyes.
- The Film Stage
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