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Shooting straight to the top of any self-respecting fantasy fan's must-watch list should be Matteo Garrone's (Gomorrah, Reality) latest, Tale Of Tales, which has just been announced as debuting in competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival. Brimming with kings & queens, monsters & magic, blood, gore and sex, The Tale Of Tales is a classic medieval fantasy that looks to out-crazy even the likes of John Boorman's Excalibur and Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. With an all-star cast including John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones, Tale Of Tales is based on the writings of 17th Century Italian author Giambattista Basile, and judging by this slightly unsafe for work trailer, looks absolutely fantastic. Check it out for yourself....
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Read More: Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival Anyone who thought that Disney's "Cinderella" wasn't dark enough need only wait for "The Tale of Tales," Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone's 2015 entry to the Palme d'Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Be warned though, this trailer is not for the faint of heart. Based on a 17th century collection of fairy tales by Italian author Giambattista Basile, the film weaves realistic and fantastical elements together into three different storylines, one of which involves Salma Hayek eating the heart of a giant beast. Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones also star. Matteo Garrone is no stranger to competition—he won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his film "Reality." "The Tale of Tales" will mark his English-language film debut, and will premiere in May 2015 at Cannes. Read More: 2015 Cannes Film »
- Becca Nadler
If you've seen Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro, then you're familiar with the famed animation company Studio Ghibli. And if you're familiar with Studio Ghibli, you know that they make gorgeous films. The Us trailer for the latest one, When Marnie Was There, has arrived, and it's just as breathtaking as anticipated. Featuring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, and John C. Reilly, the story revolves around a young girl who befriends a mysterious girl who lives in a strangely familiar mansion near her new home. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but the movie will be open in limited release on May 22, so we won't have too long to wait! »
There are certainly many film heavyweights you might expect to see on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, but John C. Reilly isn't one of them. Yet this is set to change this year. With roles in both Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster" and Matteo Garrone's "The Tale Of Tales," the actor's presence will be felt, and a new trailer for the latter has arrived. The picture, which also features Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin, Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini, is a loose screen adaptation of fairy tales by Italian poet Giambattista Basile. And this new, mostly dialogue free look promises a visual feast if nothing else, and we're very excited to hear Alexandre Desplat's complete score. The film opens in Italy on May 15th. There's no U.S. distributor yet, but once reaction from Cannes rolls in, that's likely to change. Watch below, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Announcing the lineup for this year's Cannes Film Festival yesterday, Thierry Frémaux noted that Nanni Moretti's Mia madre had just opened in Italy, and indeed, the first round of reviews had begun appearing the day before—and they're generally positive. Meantime, Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone have issued a joint statement: ""We’re delighted and proud to be representing Italy in competition." Sorrentino's Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda; Garrone's The Tale of Tales features Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly and Alba Rohrwacher. » - David Hudson »
Distributors Gkids has debuted a U.S. trailer for When Marnie Was There, the latest offering from animation maestros Studio Ghibli, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.
When Marnie Was There will open in the States on May 22nd, with a voice cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Geena Davis (The Fly), Kathy Bates (Misery), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar) and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone).
- Gary Collinson
Rome — With three Italian titles selected in the 68th Cannes film festival competition — and four in the official selection — Italy’s film industry is on cloud nine over its most robust representation on the Croisette in at least two decades.
“Four Italian films in Cannes bear the fruit of the talents of our auteurs and prove the maturity of an industry once again at the center of international attention, thanks to the strong export of movies and TV series,” enthused Italo motion picture association Anica, in a statement issued right after Cannes announced its lineup.
It comprises Matteo Garrone’s ambitious English-language horror/fantasy “The Tale of Tales,” toplining Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”), also in English, about a retired orchestra conductor, played by Michael Caine, in an alpine resort; and Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre,” which marks Moretti’s third »
- Nick Vivarelli
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
"Promise me something - that we'll remain a secret, forever." GKids has released a new trailer for Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, the studio's last feature film for the time being that opened in Japan last year. From Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of Secret World of Arrietty, based on Joan G. Robinson's children's book, When Marnie Was There is a tender, beautiful ghost story of friendship and understanding. The English version of the film (which this is a trailer for) comes with voices from Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O’Hara, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez. I still recommend the Japanese version, but both will be available. I recently saw this film and it's quite charming, but not as fantastic as any of Ghibli's past work. Take a look. Here's the new Us trailer for »
- Alex Billington
When Marnie Was There, the latest film from Studio Ghibli and likely the studio’s last before closing its doors, is a fantasy of a girl sent to the country to improve her health, only to meet another girl at a mysterious lake house to which she may have ties. We first got a look at Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s film, his follow-up to The Secret World of Arrietty, with a Japanese trailer back in July.
But now an American trailer, featuring the dubbed American voices of Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly and a cast that includes Keirnan Shipka, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Raini Rodriguez, and Vanessa Williams, has just debuted. Check it out below, along with the official plot synopsis.
When Marnie Was There premieres in America May 22.
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, »
- Brian Welk
Gkids has released the When Marnie Was There U.S. trailer. Based off the 1981 book by Joan G. Robinson, Marnie tells the story of Anna, a lonely, young girl who meets a strange girl by the name of Marnie. Just when it seems like their friendship is striking up, Marnie mysteriously disappears, and Anna begins to learn some strange truths about her new friends. The story looks absolutely lovely with some of Studio Ghibli’s finest animation to date. Last August, we reported that although the legendary animation studio wasn’t closing its door, it was “restructuring”, and we have yet to learn what that means for their future in terms of producing movies. Judging by this trailer, I hope Marnie isn't their last because it looks like their movies are as strong as ever. Check out the When Marnie Was There trailer below. The film opens in New York and L. »
- Matt Goldberg
Expected to be a Cannes Film Festival entry, today we get our first look at The Tale of Tales, the newest film from Matteo Garrone (Gamorrah) and his English-language debut no less. The film stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini and is based on fairy tale collection "The Tale of Tales" by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile. The story will interweave three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life. In another, Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. readmore postid="166652" Watch the teaser below, which is pretty much just a visual preview for anyone that doesn't know Italian as voice over pretty much dominates the scene, »
- Brad Brevet
On Thursday morning, the Cannes Film Festival will unveil their official slate, but it's perhaps not a coincidence that some of the more high profile international movies, expected to be part of the lineup, are getting the promo ball rolling. Over the weekend, we saw the first trailer for Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth," and now comes his countryman Matteo Garrone's "The Tale Of Tales." Read More: 20 Films We Hope To See At The 2015 Cannes Film Festival Featuring a great array of ensemble talent including Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin, Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini, the film is a loose screen adaptation of the fairy tales by Italian poet Giambattista Basile. The first teaser appears to be from Italian television and has some egregious voiceover, but it does provide a preview of what looks to be a pretty fantastical film. "The Tale Of Tales »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The weirdest movie I saw at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Rick Alverson's "Entertainment," which Magnolia Pictures has acquired for Us release. As a road movie about a sad sack comedian (Gregg Turkington) touring the California desert and trying to reunite with his estranged daughter, it feels like David Lynch's take on Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas." In a sweaty combover and sexual predator glasses, Turkington goes for squirm-inducing laughs as he debases himself. Indie actors stumble in and out of the film through a series of increasingly surreal and scary encounters, including Tye Sheridan as the younger, funnier comedian Turkington has to follow, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera and Amy Seimetz. The film was written by Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker, whose Adult Swim program "Tim and Eric" clearly inspired "Entertainment"'s button-mashing humor and kooky malevolence. The film was produced by Ryan Zacarias, Ryan Lough, George Rush, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Sundance Review: 'Entertainment' Features Neil Hamburger, the Saddest Comedian in the World Magnolia Pictures has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the meta dark comedy, "Entertainment." Written and directed by Rick Alverson, "Entertainment" follows an aging comedian performing his way across small venues throughout the Southwestern United States. Gregg Turkington a.k.a. Neil Hamburger -- the latter of which is a comedic persona of the former -- stars in the main role. Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly and Michael Cera make appearances throughout. "Entertainment" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the Next <=> section and most recently screened on the closing night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films. A release date has not been set yet for "Entertainment." Magnolia plans to release "Tangerine," another Next <=> section alumnus acquired out of Sundance, during summer »
- Shipra Gupta
The film, directed by Rick Alverson (who previously made 2012’s “The Comedy”), follows an aging comedian (Gregg Turkington) as he performs at a string of underwhelming venues starting in Bakersfield, Calif. The trek unfolds with a supporting cast of John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and Amy Seimetz.
“Entertainment” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and later screened at SXSW and as the closing night of New Directors/New Films, to good reviews. As Scott Foundas, Variety’s chief film critic, wrote earlier this year: “Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the true bold voice in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene … ‘Entertainment’ should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.”
The producers on the film are Ryan Zacarias, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Exclusive: Wme just signed Lea Seydoux, who went from starring in the racy Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color to shooting the next 007 film Spectre alongside Daniel Craig. She recently wrapped the Yorgos Lanthimos-diurected The Lobster alongside Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly and last year starred in Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Christophe Gans' Beauty And The Beast. The French actress had… »
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
Like father, like sons! Will Ferrell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Tuesday in Los Angeles and brought three small special guests to help him celebrate. The "Anchor Man" actor, who is rarely seen out with his entire family, posed for pics with his wife Viveca Paulin and their sons at the special ceremony -- and all his boys look a lot like their funny man dad! Oldest son Magnus, 11, looked dapper next to his father in a black suit and light blue tie. Mattias, 8, wore an adorable white suit with a denim shirt and a bow tie. And their youngest, 5-year-old Axel, wore a white button-up and dress pants. Doesn't it look like Will's boys are catching up to their dad's height?! Also honoring the 47-year-old at the event was Ferrell's "Talladega Nights" and "Step Brothers" costar John C. Reilly, fellow "Get Hard »
- tooFab Staff
When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day. Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order: 1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls »
- Joey Magidson
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