Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries.NEWSWang Bing's Bitter MoneyA touching bit of news from the Canadian independent film scene: When the Toronto Film Critics Association picked Hugh Gibson as the recipient for its $100,000 prize for his terrific documentary The Stairs, Gibson decided to split the award with the other nominees:Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer), and Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche). Solidarity in Canadian filmmaking!Berlin Critics' Week has announced part of its lineup for its festival, which runs concurrently as the Berlin International Film Festival and is intended both as counter-programming and counter-experience. Films so far include I Am Not Madame Bovary, The Human Surge and Bertrand Bonello's Sarah Winchester.Meanwhile, in New York the 17th Film Comment Selects series, which tends to be more unconventional than the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival, will include an "Ultra-widescreen" version of »
After an incredible last year giving a career-best performance in Todd Haynes’ Carol, Cate Blanchett‘s 2016 was a bit more subdued, popping up in two Terrence Malick projects, one in theaters and the other other on the festival circuit with just her voice. While she’ll be in another this year, along with her Marvel debut, Sundance brings what’s sure to be the biggest display of her acting range yet.
Manifesto, which debuted as a multi-screen art exhibition back in 2015, has been turned into feature film form by Julian Rosefeldt and features Blanchett taking thirteen (!) different roles. Ahead of the Sundance premiere, the first trailer has now arrived, which gives us a taste at the wide-ranging characters Blanchett inhabits here, kicking off with a homeless person and concluding with a punk. We’ll be mighty curious how this transition from art gallery to silver screen goes, so return for our review from Park City. »
- Leonard Pearce
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that after working together on both Black Butterfly and the Andrea Bocelli biopic The Music of Silence – two projects currently brewing in post-production – Banderas has signed on for Beyond the Edge, a new action-thriller to be directed by Aleksandr Boguslavskiy.
Moviegoers have become accustomed to the Spanish great headlining one drama after the next, but Banderas has dabbled in the action genre before, most recently for Sylvester Stallone’s bonkers Expendables franchise – a series that will purportedly continue with a fourth and final installment. This time around, the actor will assume the role of a deft master of fraud, with the early logline teasing what’s in store for Antonio Banderas’ protagonist.
- Michael Briers
To be honest, thus far the lineup for the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival has been kind of… quiet. Unlike starry opening films of the past few years, things kick off in February with “Django,” a biopic about the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. And pictures we might’ve expected in Berlin like Terrence Malick‘s “Song To Song” have opted to landed elsewhere instead (that movie will launching SXSW).
Continue reading ‘Logan,’ ‘T2: Trainspotting’ And More Added To The 2017 Berlin Film Festival at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Image Source: Getty / Target Presse Agentur Gmbh This post has been updated with new information. Fans were thrown for a loop when news broke in September 2016 that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after 11 years of being together. Although the By the Sea actress has yet to personally speak out on the matter, her attorney, Robert Offer, said her decision to split was "for the health of the family." Brad released a statement of his own not long after, telling People, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids." While it's still unclear what led to their shocking breakup, keep reading to get all caught up on everything that has unfolded since then. Angelina files for divorce from Brad. The actress filed papers to end their marriage on Sept. 19, citing irreconcilable differences and requesting sole physical custody of their six children, »
- Monica Sisavat
Above: Mondo poster for The Graduate (Mike Nichols, USA, 1967); artist: Rory Kurtz; lettering: Jay Shaw.On my daily movie poster Tumblr I don’t make a habit of posting fan art or art prints—call them what you will—because I’m most interested in the intersection of commerce and art that is the theatrical movie poster. But I make an exception when something stands out, and nothing stood out last year quite like Rory Kurtz’s beautiful, elegant and unexpected Mondo illustration for The Graduate, which quite rightly racked up over 200 more likes than even its nearest competitor. But its nearest competitor was fan art too: a brilliant poster for Badlands by the insanely talented Adam Juresko, whose art poster for In the Mood for Love (featured in my Maggie Cheung article) was also in the top four. What makes art posters easy to like—beyond their extraordinary artistry »
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) shot his latest effort, Song to Song, in the heart of Austin, Texas, and it’s also where the filmmaker lives. As such, it makes sense, then, that the notoriously media-shy auteur will bring his new film back to the City of the Violent Crown later this spring to have its world premiere at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it’ll kick off the festivities.
In addition to hosting a film festival, SXSW is also notorious for their music, which means many of the film’s musical acts, including Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire and St. Vincent, will get a chance to stop by and celebrate the world premiere. It’s a win-win scenario, one that will also bring some of the film’s biggest stars, including Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Haley Bennett, »
- Will Ashton
The incapability of many to consider 2016, now a week dead, as anything other than “teh worst year evar” gives yours truly an inclination to run positive and say, with no insincerity, that it offered one of the best collection of films I’ve encountered in some time — better yet, speaking not for quantity so much as the breadth and plurality of options. A good litmus test: group your bottom five with your five honorable mentions and ask, “Would this have made a proper top ten?” The answer to this year, perhaps more than any other I’ve been making countdowns, firmly leaned towards an affirmative, in no small part because it’s futile to consider one individual work — among nine-to-fourteen other works of such utter individuality — as inherently superior to another. This isn’t even to account for those that slip just out of reach: Paterson, The Bfg, De Palma, »
- Nick Newman
The Starz series American Gods, directed by David Slade and based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name, will have its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017. Also in today's Highlights: She Rises Us premiere details and three images from Duncan Jones' Mute.
American Gods to Make World Premiere at SXSW 2017: Press Release: "Austin, Texas, January 5, 2017 - South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) announced the World Premiere of celebrated director Terrence Malick’s Song To Song as its Opening Night Film to screen on Friday, March 10th, 2017.
SXSW also divulged select titles to premiere at the 2017 event, showcasing the diverse range of styles that together embody the unique spirit of SXSW culture. Festival highlights announced today include Eshom and Ian Nelms’ hybrid action thriller with dark humor, Small Town Crime, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s lyrical portrait of a tiny hill town in Tuscany, »
- Tamika Jones
Filmed largely in Austin, Texas – the festival’s home town, as well as Malick’s – it stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender, and its official synopsis describes it as a “modern love story set against the Austin music scene, where two entangled couples … chase success through a rock’n’roll landscape of seduction and betrayal”. Malick has also cast a number of real-life musicians in the film, including Patti Smith, Lykke Li, Iggy Pop and Florence and the Machine.
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- Andrew Pulver
Terrence Malick doesn't make movies like other filmmakers. He's not concerned with having a strict script. Heck, he's seemingly not even concerned with knowing the full arc of a while he's filming. His process is incredibly fluid, often takes years, and results in movies that can radically transform with each pass in the editing room. You'd think that kind of unpredictability would scare off A-list actors, and yet Malick seems to wrangle together big name casts with unparalleled ease. Case in point, Song to Song, a drama about the Austin music scene that stars, among many others, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara. Malick began filming the project years ago at the same time as Knight of Cups, which starred Christian Bale...
- Peter Hall
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South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) announced the World Premiere of celebrated director Terrence Malick’s Song To Song as its Opening Night Film to screen on Friday March 10th, 2017.
SXSW also divulged select titles to premiere at the 2017 event, showcasing the diverse range of styles that together embody the unique spirit of SXSW culture. Festival highlights announced today include Eshom and Ian Nelms’ hybrid action thriller with dark humor, Small Town Crime, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s lyrical portrait of a tiny hill town in Tuscany, Spettacolo, second feature after their award-winning Marwencol; first time filmmaker Jennifer Reeder’s coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move starring Fawzia Mirza, and Latin American phenomenon René Pérez Joglar’s chronicle of his global exploration of his genetic roots in Residente.
“Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a »
- Michelle McCue
Get in touch to send in suggest cinephile news and discoveries.NEWSAs the remarkably disheartening year of 2016 came to a close, we lost two great figures in the film industry: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Revisiting some of their best films over the holidays has given us new fortitude with which to start 2017.It looks like we're closer to seeing Terrence Malick's film centering on the Austin music scene. Previously called Weightless, it's now officially titled Song to Song and has a March release date—perhaps premiering at the Berlin Film Festival?And news from another of our favorite impressionists: Claire Denis seems to have pushed back shooting her Robert Pattison-starring sci-fi, High Life, to shoot a small movie starring Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu and Xavier Beauvois, Dark Glasses. Whichever we get first, we simply can't wait.Near the complete program of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has been announced, »
In a fitting match-up of subject and setting, Terrence Malick’s latest film, Song To Song, has been scheduled as the opening entry at this year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman, the movie follows four Austinites as they navigate the city’s music scene, described as a “rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal” in SXSW press materials. The film—which Malick shot back-to-back several years ago with Knight Of Cups—was filmed in and around the city, taking advantage of venues like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Malick’s latest isn’t the only high-profile premiere at this year’s SXSW Film, which kicks off on March 10. As part of the sub-fest’s TV-focused Episodic section, the festival will also see the world premiere of Bryan Fuller’s long-anticipated ...
- William Hughes
Terrence Malick's Song to SongThe titles for SXSW 2017 are being announced in anticipation of the event running March 10th - March 19th, 2017. We will update the program as new films are revealed.–American Gods (David Slade, Us): Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a magical world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.The Melody of Dust (Viacom Next, Us): A musical journey for the Htc Vive. Explore a mysterious world where every object contains a unique melody. Featuring original musical compositions by Hot Sugar, this experience brings you inside the tortured mind of a musician.Residente (René Pérez Joglar, Us): After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist – Rene Perez (Aka Residente), embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of »
South by Southwest has announced the first round of films screening at this year’s edition of the festival, which runs from March 10 – 19.
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- Michael Nordine
SXSW top brass revealed on Thursday a selection of anticipated highlights including a documentary by Puerto Rican rap superstar Residente, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s Marwencol follow-up, Spettacolo, and the world premiere of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods among Episodic selections.
“Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision. Set in the Austin music scene, Song to Song couldn’t be a more perfect Opening Night film for SXSW,” said SXSW director of film Janet Pierson.
“While these titles are just a taste of what SXSW 2017 will offer, they reflect the range of work we are known for, from newcomers and auteurs to pop entertainment in traditional cinema, episodics and now »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing. Fox has already slotted “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018, opening.
The original was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.
- Dave McNary
The films of Terrence Malick are usually used to high-brow premieres at Cannes, Venice or Berlin, but this year, the director is getting his BBQ game on in Austin.
The director’s latest, “Song To Song,” is slated to make its World Premiere and open the 2017 South By Southwest film festival. It makes a lot of sense given that the film was shot in Austin, and Malick lives there too.
Continue reading Terrence Malick’s ‘Song To Song’ To Make World Premiere & Open SXSW 2017 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The 2017 South By Southwest Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Terrence Malick’s Song To Song, SXSW said today. Starring Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, and Natalie Portman and set in the Austin music scene, Song To Song follows two entangled couples chasing success and bringing seduction and betrayal into their lives. The film will screen opening night, Friday, March 10. SXSW also announced the first set of of other films set to world… »
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