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A year ago, if someone had mentioned that they were a fan of true crime, you might have sneered. You might have had images of cheap books in an airport Wh Smiths with gaudy titles, or perhaps of shoddily made TV programmes somewhere low down the Epg pecking order.
And then everything changed.
You couldn't move at the end of last year for people grabbing your arm and asking if you'd listened to the latest episode of Serial, a podcast investigating the 1999 murder of teenager Hae Min Lee and the ensuing case against her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was later convicted and imprisoned. Suddenly, true crime was cool again.
Now, there's a new player in the world of true crime. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - which had already aired to great acclaim in the Us - finished its run on Sky Atlantic tonight (it was already available on demand so, »
Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.
Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.
Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.
Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.
“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »
- Michelle McCue
Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
Roadside and Lionsgate have acquired Us rights to The Sea Of Trees in a deal with CAA and Wme Global in the days leading up to Saturday’s world premiere.
Gus van Sant directs the tale of a suicidal widower who experiences a change of heart following an encounter in Japan’s notorious Aokigahara Forest.
Bloom handles international rights and launched sales at the market one year ago.
Meanwhile Lionsgate has also picked up Genius, the upcoming »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
While the Cannes festival will see a starry universe of stars on the red carpet, as Matthew McConaughey (“The Sea of Trees”), Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”), Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (“Macbeth”) are expected, indie market mavens are asking, “Where are the Bruce Willises, the Gerard Butlers?” as one distributor lamented.
For the world’s independent film industry, completed movies are one thing, but the big driver remains projects pre-sold at script stage to international distributors.
On the eve of the Cannes film festival and market, buyers and sellers have many questions: Will this be the year that Netflix and Amazon scoop up a significant number of titles? Why haven’t more projects been announced? Where are the bigger-budget market staples? Where are the action titles?
Indeed, with a clutch of sales companies not announcing many or any Cannes titles by early in the week, speculation was »
- John Hopewell
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »
- Shane Ramirez
Alex Walton will introduce sales on the Croisette safe in the knowledge that A24 have already committed to Us distribution.
Plot details remain under wraps although the parties did say Woodshock is based on an original screenplay by the Mulleavy sisters.
Wme Global orchestrated the Us deal with A24, currently enjoying box office success with Alex Garland’s feature directorial debut Ex Machina. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »
- Zac Gille
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
The higher the fashion, the harder they fall. As the bona fide Oscars of fashion, the Met Gala red carpet is a high stakes field for the style elites. True, many stars rise to the occasion and drop jaws with their killer getups. But not everyone there is dropping jaws for the right reasons. Among them is Madonna at the 2009 gala, whose crinkly ruched Louis Vuitton ensemble was over-the-top in more ways than one (literally). And while vintage Saint Laurent is usually a safe bet, there's no question as to why Kirsten Dunst's draped curtains-turned gown—and matching headpiece—landed on the worst dressed list at the 2007 fête. While her Gossip Girl alter ego may have commanded the »
Kirsten Dunst, 33-years-old today, is a blonde and dimpled starlet who can seamlessly shift between coquettish and somber. With her petite face and womanly figure, Dunst has often played the innocent, sexy girl-next-door with an edge. Her screen presence implies a carefree spirit, but the actress has spoken openly about the hard times she's faced, struggling with depression and drugs. You can see both an incandescence and a darkness in her work. We've taken a look at some of Dunst's most iconic roles, ranking them from worst to best. Read More: Kirsten Dunst On the Time She Got Burned By Viggo Mortensen 13) "Elizabethtown" (2005) Dunst's role in "Elizabethtown" (as the cute and quirky Claire) inspired critic Nathan Rabin to coin the culturally iconic phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl." The expression refers to certain female character types (Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel are repeat offenders) whose sole purpose is in »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Kirsten Dunst is celebrating her 33rd birthday on Thursday, and we're marking the occasion with a look back at her stunning Hollywood evolution. Kirsten got her start at just 12 years old when she starred as Claudia in Interview With the Vampire - the role nabbed her a Golden Globe nomination as well as her first kiss, which she shared with (the much older) Brad Pitt and later recounted as "disgusting." From there, she gave us memorable performances in The Virgin Suicides, Bring It On, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and the Spider-Man trilogy, and off screen, Kirsten has remained vocal about her struggles with depression, proving herself as an inspiring example to former child stars and fans alike. In honor of Kirsten's big day, we've rounded up photos documenting her two decades in Hollywood. Keep reading to see them all now. »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
What would you do if life stood still? Now I’m not talking about the world continually frozen, like a projector stuck on one frame of film (maybe a better modern analogy would be a DVD unable to move past an image, perhaps with that annoying “buffer circle” spinning). I mean what if you, yourself, never changed and remained your current age forever. No wrinkles, no grey hairs, and no internal breakdowns (the plumbing works fine, muscles and joints in great shape). That’s been one of the major benefits of vampirism (like the eternal ten-year old Kirsten Dunst in Interview With The Vampire), a theme of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty), and science fiction (The Man Who Cheated Death, the Cocoon flicks). Now comes a film that plays with that notion in a more modern, realistic fashion. Call it a modern romantic fable, or the ultimate May-December love story. Or »
- Jim Batts
Leslye Headland grabs the remote and rewinds. "Wait, something is really interesting here," she says, "because I think they may have used the F-word. It’s huge!" We're watching the beloved yet divisive 1997 rom-com classic My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Headland is right: Julia Roberts (as lovelorn protagonist Julianne) dropped the expletive while explaining why her friend George (Rupert Everett) — now posing as her fiancé — has swooped down to accompany her to the big wedding. “He just came in for a few hours," said Julianne, "to, uh, fuck me.” We scream. What we have here is not just an F-bomb, but the kind that implies actual sex. It's all a little bit scandalous — not that Headland should be blushing, since her films aren't afraid of F-bombs in the least. In her directorial debut Bachelorette, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher played some very-r-rated bridesmaids; Headland's new film Sleeping »
- Lindsey Weber
His brief trip down memory lane. Josh Hartnett spoke to Playboy in its May 2015 issue about dating some of Hollywood's hottest leading ladies, including Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst, and Amanda Seyfried. The Penny Dreadful actor, 36, who was once notorious for romancing his costars , told the mag that doing so has worked out in his favor — for the most part. "I think it’s a respectable way of going about it,” he said of dating his costars. "I’ve met very important people in my life doing [...] »
Calgary, Alberta. There have been so many honors for FX's "Fargo" that it's hardly surprising to find a visit to the set coinciding with yet another award. In this case, on Thursday (April 16) morning, I found myself with a group of reporters on the Calgary set of the second installment of "Fargo" just as the cast and crew were reveling in the announcement that the show's first miniseries/season had been chosen for the 74th annual Peabody Awards. It's an award that recognizes not only quality, but a level of cultural importance. Ahead of a fuller discussion of Season 2 of "Fargo," I chatted with series creator Noah Hawley about what it meant to have his evolution of The Coen Brothers' Oscar-winner recognized in this way. "Look, there's no small awards," Hawley mused. "Know what I mean? Even my award from Rotten Tomatoes for the best reviewed show of the year, »
- Daniel Fienberg
The MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, and we can't wait to see the hilarious Amy Schumer take the stage as the night's host. The stand-up comedian and Inside Amy Schumer star will join a long list of past emcees that includes Eddie Murphy, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jessica Alba. While some hosts have been pretty unforgettable (remember how many digs Russell Brand took at the stars in the audience?), there are others we completely forgot about. For instance, we had no idea that Will Smith hosted the show back in 1994, and we may have blocked out that time MTV paired Jimmy Fallon with Kirsten Dunst for 2001's big event. Some high-profile stars have even hosted more than once! Keep reading to see all the MTV Movie Awards hosts you may have forgotten about, then check out the most '90s-tastic moments and sexiest smooches from the show's best kiss award winners. »
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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