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Last year, Barkhad Abdi earned an Oscar nomination for playing a Somali pirate in “Captain Phillips.” Now, Mohamed Nura shows audiences the real thing in “Last Hijack.” A new documentary from directors Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta (a producer on Richard Linklater‘s “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly”) enters the forbidden — and thriving — world of Somali pirates. Using animation, documentary footage, and re-enactments, the film explores their tactics and justifications, seeking to understand the issue from the perspective we rarely hear in the news media. The Filmbuff release will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28, and then open in. »
- Jordan Zakarin
A couple of interesting developments have surfaced in the past 24 hours with regards to the current awards race. While you may be saying, “Adam, it’s September, the awards race is still months away,” I’d counter by pointing out that the fall film festivals traditionally signal the start of the very long Oscar season—by this time last year, critics were already buzzing after the debuts of 12 Years a Slave and Gravity on the festival circuit. I provided live Oscar Beat updates from Tiff just last week, but now we’ve got a couple of news-y bits of awards content to attend to. Firstly, IFC Films has opted to submit Patricia Arquette in the Best Supporting Actress category for Boyhood instead of Best Actress, greatly increasing her chances of winning. And secondly, A24 Films has officially set director J.C. Chandor’s highly anticipated All Is Lost follow-up A Most Violent Year »
- Adam Chitwood
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) has unveiled the 12 features in competition for the Golden Puffin award, reserved for first or second time directors.
Also in the running is family drama Villa Touma, from Palestinian/Israeli director Suha Arraf, which played at Venice and Toronto; and Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s Kebab and Horoscope, which debuted at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
The competition line-up includes:
Villa Touma,Suha ArrafThe Lack, Masbedo (It)Age of Cannibals, Johannes Naber (Ger)Before I Disappear, Shawn Christensen (Us-uk)Bonobo, Matthew Hammett Knott (UK)Heimurinn, Iris Elezi, Thomas LogorrheicThe Council of Birds, Timm Kröger (Ger)I Can Quit Whenever I Want,Sydney Sibilia (It)Kebab »
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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
London – Only days away from financial collapse late last month, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will get under way next month (Oct. 14-21). It will feature 185 films from around the world.
Prominent selections include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” Films will vie for cash prizes totaling $200,000.
The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.
This year, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been announced.
The festival’s market, »
- Naman Ramachandran
The Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21), recently saved by public donations following a funding crunch, unveiled its line-up today including the India Gold Competition and International Competition for first features.
The International Competition includes Benjamin Naishtat’s History Of Fear, Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, fresh from its Venice success. The India Gold competition includes Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Avinash Arun’s The Fort (Killa) and Ms Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).
Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic will head the India Gold jury, while the Dimensions Mumbai short film competition jury comprises directors Gauri Shinde and Homi Adajania, actors Satish Kaushik and Huma Qureshi and critic Rajeev Masand.
Key films outside the competition sections include Xavier Dolan’s [link »
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• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. »
- C. Molly Smith
For the last 12 years, you could say that Richard Linklater has been just a little bit busy developing Boyhood, his triumph of a film concerning the growth and life of a boy from childhood through adolescence — in real time. And while that ate up a dozen actual years, Linklater didn’t put all his eggs in one basket. As with his Boyhood cast, he allowed himself to work on other projects and tinker with new ideas for future films. One such project is the long-awaited follow-up to his 1993 masterpiece Dazed and Confused. The Playlist reports that Linklater has begun casting this “spiritual sequel” (as Linklater has called it), which is titled That’s What I’m Talking About. He sent offers for three of the lead roles to the following up-and-coming young actors: Blake Jenner (Ryder from Glee — you know, the one that got catfished by another Glee club member), Tyler Hoechlin (the Teen Wolf from Teen Wolf »
- Samantha Wilson
In Dazed & Confused the sport on the minds of the main characters was football. (Well, it was drinking and sex, and then football) In the “spiritual sequel” to the 1993 film, That’s What I’m Talking About, the guys will play baseball. Richard Linklater has cast a fond eye towards America’s Pastime before, when he remade […]
The post Richard Linklater Lines up Cast for Baseball Movie ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Updating the Best Director category isn't as easy as it was last week when I took a look at the acting and Best Picture categories. On the heels of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals there were a few films and performances that clearly rose in significance, but when it comes to direction I tend to feel we're looking at something a little different. It seems like a chance for the Academy to award a director whose film may have been a little more challenging, a little less The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, while, at the same time, we also have some strong female directors in the field this year, which could also spice up the race as gender politics continue to heat up in the industry. When it comes to my top five in the category, the names remain the same while some of the positions have changed. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Richard Linklater has tapped Step Up All In star Ryan Guzman for That’s What I’m Talking About, the baseball movie he’s assembling following his acclaimed time lapse drama Boyhood. Guzman has landed a lead role in the 1980s-set film about a college freshman who moves into a fraternity-like baseball house with his hard-partying teammates. He’s got the background for the part: The athletic actor, who has starred in two Step Up dance pics, was a college pitcher before he turned to acting. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported offers are out to thesps Blake Jenner (Glee), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street). Guzman next stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in Universal and Blumhouse’s January thriller The Boy Next Door and is playing Rio in the Jon M. Chu-directed Jem And The Holograms, also for Universal and Blumhouse. He’s repped by Luber Roklin, »
- Jen Yamato
4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm Pt: Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.
Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26 in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny (which »
- Nancy Tartaglione
More than 350 films from 60 countries will screen over the course of the festival, set to run in Brazil from September 24–October 8.
Selections include Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (pictured), Sebastian Del Amo’s Mexican foreign language Oscar submission Cantinflas, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Moshen Makhmalbaf’s The President, Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner and The Princess Of France by Matías Piñeiro.
In partnership with the British Council, the Hitchcock Classics section will screen five of the director’s silent features accompanied by live music by pianist Cadu Pereira.
Programmes include »
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The new Richard Linklater film "Boyhood" was 12 years in the making. Will that magic number help it to follow last year's Best Picture champ "12 Years a Slave" to the top prize at this year's Oscars? -Break- Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 20 contenders for the 2014 Best Picture race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users). After great critical reviews earlier this year, "Boyhood" is in the first position with 11/2 odds at this stage. It was shot over a dozen years and follows the story of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) growing into a young man. Just behind it with 6/1 odds, is the Angelina Jolie directorial effort "Unbroken," the true World War II story of a war hero and Olympic star (Jack O'Connell). Will "Birdman" finally be an Oscar ticket for director Alejandro Gonz. »
Almost as long in the works as his critically acclaimed "Boyhood," for years Richard Linklater has been developing or talking about this spiritual sequel to 1993's "Dazed And Confused." Not a straight followup to the coming-of-age classic, "That's What I'm Talking About" tweaks the formula a bit, and focuses on a new group of kids in a slightly different era. Instead of focusing on the end of an era, it will center on the start of something new, with the story about college freshman who are trying to make the baseball team. And Linklater has now started the casting process. Deadline reports that offers are out to rising names Blake Jenner (aka Ryder Lynn on "Glee"), Tyler Hoechlin (star of "Teen Wolf"), and Wyatt Russell ("22 Jump Street"). There's not many other details, but the trio, if scheduling and contracts work out, would be the leading men of the '80s-set film. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age!”
Dazed And Confused plays this weekend (August 19th and 20th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
I graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1979 and Dazed And Confused, which I saw at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton 14 years later, is so spot-on it’s scary. Writer-Director Richard Linklater is one year older than me and his film debut was a nostalgic look back at the final day of school, when the soon-to-be-seniors get drunk and stoned waiting for their first year at the top of the food chain while the incoming freshmen get prepared for a year of getting picked on. A wide range of character drink, smoke pot and have fun talking about what life is about to offer them. I think »
- Tom Stockman
An occasional feature on the thought process behind an exceptionally bold, risky move.
If they gave out Exec Of The Year, it would be hard to overlook IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring, who funded Richard Linklater’s Boyhood for a dozen years. Even with the flurry of Oscar fare launched at the fall festivals, Boyhood remains squarely in the awards-season conversation. We’ve written about this crazy gamble before, but as we move into that time of year when quality comes out of risk taking, it seems worth revisiting as a reminder to execs that sometimes you just have to take a leap with a good filmmaker.
Deadline: You come to festivals like Toronto to find movies you can release quickly, and turn a profit. Nobody funds a film like Boyhood for over a decade. What were you thinking?
Sehring: It makes me laugh as I look back on it, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Russell played Zook in comedy sequel 22 Jump Street.
Set in 1980, it will follow a college freshman who moves into a hard-partying baseball house at his college. »
If you’re going to make an ultra-naturalistic, two-character, walking-and-talking romance that tips its hat to Before Sunrise, the film that began Richard Linklater’s exquisite trilogy, then it’s best to avoid a script loaded with contrived situations and over-written dialogue. That’s the obstacle that hobbles Before We Go, Chris Evans’ wispy directing debut, almost from the start. Bland characters don’t help much either. Still, this Toronto Radius pickup makes New York City look nearly as pretty as the two leads, which might give it minimal cachet as a date movie — or at least a date
- David Rooney
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