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The award is presented in the name of iconic Italian director Luchino Visconti. Prior recipients of the award include Taylor Hackford, Tom Hooper, Paul Haggis, Stephen Frears, Alan Parker, Terry Gilliam, Jim Sheridan and Joel Schumacher.
The festival will also screen Beresford’s most recent feature, “Mr. Church,” a Cinelou drama starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson, on July 12; Warner Bros.’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård on July 13; and Columbia Pictures’ “Ghostbusters.” Warner Bros. is handling international releasing on the three movies.
The Ischia festival runs from July 10 to 17 on the Italian isle, which is located off the coast of Naples.
Beresford, a native of Australia, has directed more than 30 features and TV movies, including “Tender Mercies, »
- Dave McNary
Robert De Niro War With Grandpa: Legendary actor to take role in adaptation of the novel.
More on the Robert De Niro War With Grandpa news below.
The news comes via Deadline who report that De Niro will play the title character in the film, an adaptation of the novel by Robert Kimmel Smith.
If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, here’s a refresher:
Peter is thrilled that Grandpa Jack is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa Jack moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs, into the guestroom. Peter loves his grandpa, but he wants his room back. He has no choice but to declare war! With the help of his friends, Peter divises outrageous plans to make Grandpa Jack surrender the room. But, Grandpa Jack is tougher than he looks. Rather that give in, Grandpa Jack plans to get even. They used to be such great pals. Has their war gone too far? Well, both Peter and Grandpa Jack attack each and fight back. However, when it has gone too far, Peter gives in, because he feels bad for his grandpa. But, Grandpa Jack rebuilds the basement so that it can be his room. At the end, everyone is in their right positition and they are all happy!
De Niro will make this his next project before he returns to the underworld with Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino and possibly Joe Pesci for The Irishman, a film that was the subject of a bidding war in Cannes where it sold for a whopping $50 million in distribution rights.
Despite Dirty Grandpa‘s bad reviews, the film grossed just under $100 million worldwide – which isn’t bad considering that it only cost a reported $11 million to make. De Niro will next be seen in the boxing biopic Hands Of Stone, and then Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian in 2017.
- Paul Heath
Tim Hill will direct the film which revolves around a young man who loves his grandfather, but also loves his bedroom. When his grandpa’s wife dies, he moves in. The young man engages in a series of pranks meant to drive him out, but the old man is pretty resourceful in returning the favor.
Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart and Rose Morris Peart are producing with Jane Rosenthal and Barry Welsh exec producing. Lisa Addario and Joey Syracuse wrote the first draft and Matt Ember and Tom Astle are currently doing a polish on the script.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Justin Kroll
If Fox Searchlight’s acquisition of Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation was the story of Sundance, then one of the biggest deals emerging from the Croisette involved Martin Scorsese’s long-in-development mob drama The Irishman, after landing a $50 million dollar deal at Stx Entertainment.
Such a huge figure comes packing huge expectations though, and it’s little wonder Scorsese’s latest creative venture has garnered buzz, given old cohorts Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci (Goodfellas/Casino/Raging Bull) had been linked with key roles alongside Al Pacino.
It’s certainly a tantalizing trio, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals Joe Pesci is unlikely to put pen to paper, having all but retired from acting since last appearing in Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch all the way back in 2010. Plus, in those intervening years, it’s understood that Scorsese hasn’t been the only director to offer Pesci a gig. »
- Michael Briers
It was the spy thriller that revitalised the genre. But the production of 2002’s The Bourne Identity was far from an easy one...
Like so many budding filmmakers of his generation, Doug Liman got his start in movies by fiddling with his father's Super 8 camera. Then aged eight, Liman "Picked it up, started making movies with it, and never stopped."
By the time he'd reached his early 30s, Liman's ambitions had finally paid off. His films Swingers and Go, released in 1996 and 1999, were made cheaply and recouped healthy profits. Urgent and effervescently told, they were the product of a young, talented filmmaker on the rise. Liman's rising profile soon saw him land the kind of deal that a few dozen other hopefuls would have sold their souls for - Universal signed him up to make a film based on Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, The Bourne Identity. »
Beth Malone (Fun Home) has been tapped for a recurring role in BrainDead, CBS' comic-thriller series set in the world of Washington, D.C., politics. The show, set to premiere June 13, comes from Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of The Good Wife. Malone will lay Claudia, a grim, smart, ultra-liberal newscaster for an ultra-liberal news station. Malone received a Tony nomination for Fun Home and also has been cast in the Taylor Hackford-helmed The C… »
The debate over The Screening Room initiative has now reached fever pitch with normally aligned filmmakers and interests splitting into two groups with differing ideals - essentially turning this into "Cinema America: Civil War".
It all began with Sean Parker, the infamous online guru behind Napster and Facebook (and played by Justin Timberlake in David Fincher's "The Social Network") who proposed The Screening Room- an encrypted set-top box with a VOD service allowing users access to all the latest major releases having just opened or still playing in cinemas.
Costing $150 for the box and $50 for a 48-hour viewing of each film, it's not a cheap service. Yet when you combine the cost of taking out a date or family, plus parking, tickets, concessions, etc. - it actually seems reasonable for occasional screenings. The downsides mostly relate to potential increases in the risk of piracy and cannibalisation of the cinema-going »
- Garth Franklin
Landau told Variety that he and Cameron believe that the initial release of films should take place only in theaters.
“We know that this proposal is at the early stage and we have an obligation to speak out publicly against it,” he added.
Early supporters of the Screening Room include Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Frank Marshall, Taylor Hackford, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Variety first reported last week that Sean Parker had originated the proposal, which would offer new releases in the home for $50 per 48-hour view.
Opposition has come from the National Assn. of Theater Owners and the Art House Convergence.
“Both Jim and I remain committed to the sanctity of the in-theater experience,” Landau said. “For us, »
- Dave McNary
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard confirmed their involvement in Screening Room, saying that the controversial start-up aimed at providing new releases in the home is a way to bring theater owners and studios together.
Backed by Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju, Screening Room rents films for $50 while they are still in theaters. Exhibitors have long resisted any attempt to shorten the length of time between a film’s theatrical debut and its release on home entertainment platforms, but Screening Room tries to entice theaters and studios by cutting them in on a slice of the revenue.
“When we met Sean and Prem last year, it was clear Screening Room was the only solution that supports all stakeholders in the industry: exhibitors, studios and filmmakers,” Grazer and Howard said in a joint statement. “The Sr model is fair, balanced and provides significant value for the entire industry that we love. We »
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: The roster of filmmakers who’ve become shareholders and advocates to Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju is expanding. I’m told that Martin Scorsese, Taylor Hackford, Frank Marshall and even more can be added to a reported list that includes Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Jj Abrams and Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. There is one major theater chain aboard already, AMC, and it would seem momentum is growing for a new set-top box technology that would allow… »
Peter Jackson said he is backing Screening Room, the controversial start-up that wants to deliver new releases to homes while they are still in theaters, because it captures an audience that does not go to the cinema.
“Screening Room will expand the audience for a movie — not shift it from cinema to living room,” Jackson said in a statement.
Screening Room, the brainchild of entrepreneurs Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju, offers movies for $50 at the same time as they open in theaters. It plans to charge $150 for access to the anti-piracy equipped set-top box that transmits the films and will give customers 48 hours to watch the movies. The hope is to capture middle-aged audiences whose family responsibilities prevent »
- Brent Lang
Freezing conditions. Dangerous stunts. Here are a few examples of actors who've suffered through some high-profile film roles...
When DiCaprio lifted his Best Actor trophy at this year's Oscars, we're surprised he didn't scream, "It's about damn time I won one of these. I slept in a goddamn hollowed-out horse for you people!"
Ah yes, the hollowed-out horse. But there was also the scene where DiCaprio had to eat a raw bison liver, or the sundry moments where the actor had to crawl in and out of freezing cold lakes and rivers. At a time when whizzy computer effects can make the impossible look possible, the cast and crew of The Revenant decided to take a decidedly analogue approach to making their period survival drama, with the long, arduous shoot taking place in ice-cold parts of Canada, the Us and Argentina.
Grim though the experience of making The Revenant was, »
The Wrap has revealed that Leslie Mann (Vacation) has signed on to appear alongside Robert De Niro (Joy) in The Comedian, replacing Jennifer Aniston who has had to pull out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
“Leslie Mann‘s impeccable timing and ability to inject drama into comedy make her the right choice for the film. We are so excited to welcome her to the cast of The Comedian,” states producer Courtney Solomon.
The Comedian is being directed by Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) and stars De Niro as “a toxic insult comic on the order of a Don Rickles”, who unexpectedly connects with Mann’s character after a meeting at a wedding.
- Gary Collinson
Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
Scoot McNairy ("Monsters," "Argo") has joined the Jody Hill comedy "The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter" alongside Josh Brolin and Danny McBride. McBride, Hill, Scott Rudin and David Gordon Green are producing.
The story follows a sixth-grade boy who is supposed to be bonding with his father on a hunting trip, but is far from interested. McNairy will film that and the Darren Aronofsky-produced, Arnold Schwarzenegger-led thriller "478" before he shoots the third season of AMC's "Halt And Catch Fire". [Source: Deadline]
Daniel Dimaggio ("A Tiger's Tale," "Divide & Conquer") is set to play an adolescent version of Kal-El (Superman) in the February 8th episode of CBS's "Supergirl" series". Young Kal-El will be introduced via a string of flashbacks to establish the bond between him and Kara.
In the episode, a parasitic alien attaches itself to Kara and traps her in a dream world »
- Garth Franklin
Jennifer Lawrence is set to star as Fidel Castro’s young lover in Marita, a pitch Sony has acquired from American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer. The Oscar winner will play Marita Lorenz – the real-life femme fatale who romanced Castro, was involved in a plot to assassinate him, and even observed a conspiracy to kill JFK. THR first reported the casting. Leslie Mann has taken over Jennifer Aniston’s former role in The Comedian, director Taylor Hackford’s film for Cinelou… »
Cinelou partners Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton will finance the film. Solomon and Canton will produce the film with Art Linson and John Linson. Principle photography will begin in New York shortly.
“Leslie Mann’s impeccable timing and ability to inject drama into comedy make her the right choice for the film,” Solomon said.
Mann plays a character who befriends an acerbic standup comic — played by De Niro — after they unexpectedly connect at a wedding. She stars in the upcoming comedy “How to Be Single” alongside Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, and appeared in “This Is 40,” “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Mann and De Niro are represented by CAA. »
- Dave McNary
Leslie Mann is set to star opposite Robert De Niro in “The Comedian,” which Taylor Hackford will direct for Cinelou Films, TheWrap has learned. Cinelou will finance “The Comedian” and its co-CEOs Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton will produce the film with its screenwriter Art Linson as well as John Linson. Production will begin in New York in the coming weeks. Mann will play a woman who befriends an acerbic stand-up comic (De Niro) after they unexpectedly connect at a wedding. Also Read: Leslie Mann Comedy From Producer Judd Apatow Lands at Paramount Jennifer Aniston had signed on to play the part in. »
- Jeff Sneider and Beatrice Verhoeven
This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The story of how Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at The Sahara reached its current incarnation is almost as compelling as the turbulent couple of the title. In 2008, when the two-person show was selling out at Los Angeles equity-waiver venue Sacred Fools, director Taylor Hackford caught a performance and approached co-author and star Vanessa Claire Stewart (who plays Keely Smith) about beefing up the storyline. A year later, they opened at the Geffen in a run that was extended multiple times. Critics raved, though not about Hackford’s changes. The team parted company when the show closed, but
- Jordan Riefe
“Jay has invited us to think and laugh as a storyteller and filmmaker,” Cas president Mark Ulano said. “As a director, writer and producer, Jay is a proven triple talent in the entertainment world.”
Ulano worked with Roach on 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
Previous Cas Filmmaker Award honorees have included Quentin Tarantino, Gil Cates, Bill Condon, Paul Mazursky, Henry Selick, Taylor Hackford, Rob Marshall, Jonathan Demme, Edward Zwick and Richard Linklater.
“Trumbo” remains on the rise as a potential Oscar player this season. The film has netted nominations from the screen actors, art directors, writers and costume designers guilds. Roach and the film’s star Bryan Cranston attended a private soiree Tuesday evening at the home of sound mixer John Ross with Academy members in attendance. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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