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Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
Though the future of Studio Ghibli remains uncertain, if When Marnie Was There ends up being the revered animation house’s swan song, it will make for a fitting final chapter in the studio’s history, if not the outright best one. While the anime art style and visual storytelling that endeared Ghibli to millions is still present, and arguably its strongest yet in terms of consistency, When Marnie Was There is a minor entry compared to the likes of Spirited Away, or even last year’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
All the same, When Marnie Was There’s place among the Ghibli canon is undeniable. It’s at once a sweepingly elegiac melodrama, and a simple children’s fable, one adapted from the Joan G. Robinson novel of the same name. Ghibli stories split the difference between visionary fantasy and earthy realism, often times within the same movie, »
- Sam Woolf
Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that »
- Nicholas Page
Musicians Sky Ferriera, Sharon Van Etten and dee-jays Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi are now part of the expanding Sundance Film Festival family. Sundance’s Next Fest (August 7th to the 9th) kicks off early on August 2nd, with a showing of Jon Watt’s Cop Car — the filmmaker made the industry news headlines this week when he signed onto direct the new Spiderman. Now in its third year, the fest which intertwines filmmakers and musicians or surprise mentors of the arts is comprised of films from the ’15 edition of the festival with only a pair of Next titles being re-programmed in Rick Alverson’s Entertainment and Michael J. Larnell’s
Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. – Sundance Next Fest Kick Off Event
Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Cop Car / U.S. »
- Eric Lavallee
Will Ferrell's already played a grown-up step-brother opposite John C. Reilly, but in Sean Ander's upcoming comedy Daddy's Home, he'll get to play a loving and devoted step-father instead. Complicating his attempts to fit into his new family is the estranged real father, played by Mark Wahlberg. Though they learned to get along in The Other Guys, Ferrell and Wahlberg's characters are quickly at odds, as seen in this first trailer for the film. You can get a more in-depth look at the film thanks to Clarke Wolfe's preview here. If you're a fan of the chemistry between these two and enjoyed the 2010 Adam McKay comedy, then you know what you're in for in this film. I consider myself in the above-mentioned groups so I'll be looking forward to the Christmas 2015 release. I don't expect the film to be anywhere near as family-friendly as Ferrell's holiday classic, Elf »
- Dave Trumbore
With an eclectic collection of films, including Step Brothers, Wreck-It Ralph, Magnolia, Gangs of New York, and Chicago, under his belt, John C. Reilly has cemented himself as one of the most popular character actors and, in recent years, comic leads working today, and the Galway Film Fleadh are delighted to announce that he will the subject of their annual Public Interviews, hosted by Sean rocks and taking place at Rte One’s Arena in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday July 12th. With an amazing number of beloved roles under his belt, it will no doubt add up to an insightful and hilarious time for all, and will be followed by a screening of cult comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. For tickets and more information, you can click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Exclusive: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.
Curzon Artificial Eye has rounded out its Cannes acquisitions with Competition entries Tale of Tales, Our Little Sister and Chronic as well as pre-buys of scripts from Palme d’Or-winning directors Cristian Mungiu and the Dardenne brothers.
Rights for all five films are for distribution in UK and Eire.
Matteo Garrone’s (Gomorrah) English-language debut Tale of Tales charts three of Giambattista Basile’s evocative Renaissance fairy tales with a cast including Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly. The deal was negotiated with HanWay.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Even with as much planning as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some scenes end up on the editing room floor…
This film has spoilers for every film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe… if you’ve just clicked into this article, it’s likely that you need little reminding of how much it changed the landscape of Hollywood. But that won’t stop us recapping for continuity’s sake. Heck, it’s what Kevin Feige would want.
It began in 2008, then, with the landmark casting of Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark. It’s sometimes hard to remember how much a risk that was at the time, but heck did it pay off. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, was strong, and a huge hit. And the notion of a post-credits sting was introduced. And it was a big one, too – Samuel L Jackson namedropping the Avengers Initiative. »
With "When Marnie Was There," Studio Ghibli fittingly concludes its remarkable production run during this hiatus on a mysterious and meditative note. It's based on Joan G. Robinson's popular Ya novel (one of Miyazaki's favorites) and explores the magic and melancholy of adolescence with shy, artistic Anna encountering strange, empathetic Marnie in the marshes of a seaside town. The English voicecast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly, and Vanessa Williams. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi ("The Secret World of Arriety") discussed his second feature, which is somewhat of a visual departure for Ghibli, via email. Bill Desowitz: Is "Ghibli Gothic" an accurate description of "Marnie," which gives off the aura of a ghost story? Hiromasa Yonebayashi: I didn’t consciously intend to make it a ghost story, but since I'm a fan of chilling stories, maybe some of that naturally seeped through. »
- Bill Desowitz
Surreal is just the tip of the iceberg.
The English trailer for the Cannes entry, The Tale of Tales, dropped on Wednesday and offered another look at the trippy movie. The film stars John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin, Alba Rohrwacher, and Shirley Henderson. It is directed by Matteo Garrone.
The film is based on a 17th century collection of fairytales by Italian author Giambattista Basile, which play out across three different storylines.
It definitely looks ambitious and had some good and bad things being said about in when it played at Cannes recently. Right now, it is playing in Italy with a French and English release coming up.
The Tale of Tales is set to be released in the U.S. by IFC Films, but no date has been set.
The post Surreal fairytales make up the English trailer for ‘The Tale of Tales »
- Zach Dennis
All through the run up to the Cannes Film Festival, the promos for Matteo Garrone's "The Tale Of Tales" — which include eight clips and two trailers — were dubbed in Italian. But now that the movie is already playing on screens in Italy, it's gearing up to hit cinemas in France, and a new trailer has arrived in the film's original English language. An international cast that includes John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Stacy Martin, Alba Rohrwacher, and Shirley Henderson feature in this fantastical film that's based on a 17th century collection of fairytales by Italian author Giambattista Basile which play out across three different storylines. It's an ambitious movie, and while it doesn't always work, Jessica Kiang wrote in her Cannes review that it's an "extravagant, rich, and often engrossing film." Read More: The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival "The Tale Of Tales »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A live action movie adaptation of Boom! Studios' supernatural comic book series, Lumberjanes, is in the works. We also have details on Tale of Tales being acquired for U.S. distribution and a look at Fright Rags' T-shirt depiction of the Doof Warrior.
Lumberjanes Movie: According to TheWrap, Will Widger (who wrote the Black List screenplay, The Munchkin) is lined up to pen a live action feature film adaptation of the Lumberjanes comic book series for 20th Century Fox.
Producing the project are Boom! Studios' Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, with Adam Yoelin co-producing. The folks at 20th Century Fox have reportedly put the Lumberjanes film near the top of their priority list, so we could see this project move rather quickly along the path to the big screen.
A Boom! Studios comic book series that debuted last year, Lumberjanes has propelled past its original eight-part planned run, with its »
- Derek Anderson
IFC Films announced Thursday that it has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales.” The film stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. It was produced by Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie and Garrone from a screenplay by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone. It’s executive produced by Alessio Lazzareschi, Peter Watson, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan and Sheryl Crown. See photos: The Scene at Cannes 2015: Red Carpet Premieres and Beyond “Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English language film, had its »
- Joe Otterson
“Tale of Tales,” Garrone’s first English-language film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Peter Debruge of Variety gave the film a strong review, calling it a “lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation.”
“Tales” also stars Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Producers are Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone.
The film is inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile, centering on the rulers of three neighboring kingdoms put to the test when magic enters the picture. Hayek plays a happy queen who is living unhappily until an ominous figure offers a dangerous bargain.
- Dave McNary
IFC had a productive Cannes this year, scooping up hot titles including "Disorder" and "A Perfect Day" out of the festival's sidebars, along with Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan." Now they've picked up Us rights to one of the last of the sought-after English-language films with name elements in an overheated seller's market. That's because Italian Matteo Garrone's English-language debut "Tale of Tales" did not play well out of the Competition. The cast includes Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave and Alba Rohrwacher. Read More: "Tale of Tales" Cannes Review and Roundup Reilly and Hayek play the king and queen of a small kingdom in a fairytale land far far away. There are rock canyons a lot like the world of Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," and mossy deep forests for the likes of hunter kings »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
The results are in. The closing ceremony of the 68th edition of the Cannes film festival began more like the Oscars than the glamorous, abrupt ceremonies of old; with John C. Reilly scat-singing and a sense of anticipation with a field which was more open than previous years. Son of Saul was the Palme d'Or favourite with many critics, including this one, but in the end László Nemes had to settle for second prize - the Grand Prix - for his harrowing day-in-the-life of a Sonderkommando. Still, a remarkable achievement for a debut film which boldly sticks to its experimental approach and provides a horrifically immersive experience of the Holocaust at ground zero. However, it was French director Jacques Audiard who instead received the Palme d'Or for his social realist Tamil in Paris thriller, Dheepan.
- CineVue UK
Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.
Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.
The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.
Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »
- Justin Chang
We’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Mad Titan takes centre stage for Avengers: Infinity War, but in the meantime we’ve had to make do with his post-credits scenes in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
While we await his next appearance (Thor: Ragnarok?), the folks at Luma Pictures have posted a featurette which delves into the VFX work that went into bringing Thanos to life for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can check it out here (via ComicBook)…
“Loic Zimmermann our concept designer took the most prevalent features of Josh Brolin that we thought would stand out the most and put them into who the character is underneath,” Luma Pictures VFX supervisor Vincent Cirelli tells FX Guide. “He began blending those elements. We’ve taken Josh’s eyes, »
- Gary Collinson
Cannes — Even at a more civilized festival such as Cannes, it can be hard to catch every single movie in competition. There are always a few that will slip through the cracks and you can always count on the inevitable life drama moment to rear its ugly head. Unlike other festivals, Cannes has less repeat screenings across the board. That also makes things tough for one person to chronicle it all. With less than 24 hours left in the festival we’re happy to say we've been able to cover 10 Cannes selections in depth. Here are capsule reviews for another six selections you may still be curious about. [Expect full reviews of “Macbeth,” “The Little Prince” and “Chronic” by the end of the weekend as well as some thoughts on whether Oscar stepped out on la Croisette this year.] "Louder Than Bombs" Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, David Druid Reaction: Trier’s first English language film is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he often has creative and new ideas on how to stage scenes. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Alchemy, which has already scooped up Gaspar Noé's 3D "Love" and Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre," has taken Us rights to Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut "The Lobster." A love story set in a near-future where single people are arrested and transferred to a Hotel, where they must find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into an animal, this Cannes competition entry stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw. Cannes: "Dogtooth" Director Yorgos Lanthimos Scores with Surreal, Macabre 'The Lobster' (Review and Roundup) "There are very powerful emotions happening inside," said Weisz at the press conference. "Yorgos creates a world and a tone where nobody’s over the top in their acting style, in a world where everything is very internal. It’s the opposite of a melodrama, that’s the tone." "There is a lot of melodrama in the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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