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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
The folks at Framestore have posted a behind-the-scenes video from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy showing the visual effects work that went into the creation of Rocket Raccoon. Check it out here…
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Yondu, Glenn Close (Damages) as Nova Prime Rael and Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Thanos.
- Gary Collinson
While many reports have said that Studio Ghibli figurehead Hayao Miyazaki was to “retire” from the studio and focus on other things, some are still hoping that the output from the famous animation house will continue in earnest. For now though, fans haven’t got long to wait for Ghibli’s new film When Marnie Was There, which is released this summer.
Gkids, the distributor behind 2015 Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, has announced the English-language voice cast who will lend their talents to the film, which is getting a limited run in New York and Los Angeles on May 22nd before a nationwide expansion.
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) are among the cast for the film, which tells »
- Scott J. Davis
Gkids, the distributor behind 2015 Oscar-nominated "Song of the Sea" and Ghibli's own "Tale of the Princess Kaguya," will release "When Marnie Was There" on May 22 in New York and Los Angeles before a nationwide rollout. Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O’Hara, Kiernan Shipka, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez will round out the English-language voice cast for this story of a 12-year-old orphan's friendship with a ghost. Read More: An Exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour of Studio Ghibli The revered Japanese animation house has started to pull back from production in the wake of is-he-or-isn't-he-retired figurehead Hayao Miyazaki's turn toward manga-making, and this may well be Ghibli's last film (for awhile at least). Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and based on a children's novel by Joan G. Robinson, "Marnie" was a summer 2014 box office hit in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Studio Ghibli and Gkids, the producer and distributor of several Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – second only to Disney — has lined up another impressive English voice cast for their next outing: When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn and Catherine O’Hara join Kiernan Shipka, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez in the story about a girl who arrives at her… »
Sandra Bullock is definitely enjoying her time in the Big Easy. Sporting a festive mask and a whole lotta beads, the actress was spotted celebrating Mardi Gras on Monday night in New Orleans. Bullock, 50, got wild with BFFs Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Michael McDonald, who was seen wrapping his arms around his "Heat" costar and longtime buddy in the photo above. Bullock has owned a home in New Orleans ever since adopting son Louis from the city back in 2010. And while Sandy kept it pretty tame, Chelsea took her love of public nudity to the streets of the French Quarter. "Merry Christmas," the comedian captioned a pic of her flashing her bare breasts alongside two of her good friends (below). Other stars in town for the festivities included Lisa Vanderpump, John C. Reilly, the cast of "Hot Tub Time Machine," Dierks Bentley and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift »
- tooFab Staff
Dive into the murkier depths of late night TV with some of the finest quality weird available from the folks behind Too Many Cooks…
Has watching Too Many Cooks 108 times left you feeling empty and craving more? After experiencing the 80s-sitcom-inspired gore-heavy fever dream, are you one of the many out there still experiencing symptoms of boredom when faced with standard-issue primetime TV fare, disgust at unnecessaries like plot and likable characters, as well as a deep-seated need to re-watch Alf and Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers? If you have this problem, if no amount of trawling YouTube can help… maybe you should stick around here and let me lead you through some Cooks-alike stuff from Adult Swim’s current shows and back catalogue…
…but, before we delve in, hold up and consider. I must warn you that prolonged exposure to low-fi fuzzy VHS visuals, warped sound, and subverted TV »
Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.
At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.
Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.
Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.
Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »
- Patrick Frater
Getting to go to Sundance this year was an incredible experience, the weather was surprisingly not terrible, I had great conversations in line with people, and almost every film of the 20 that I saw was good to great. Some of them will likely stick with me all year and end up on my top 10 of 2015 list. Before we get to my top 5 of Sundance though, I do want to take a moment and give a shout out to some of the films that I hate myself for not seeing.
Films I hate myself for not seeing:
Written and Directed by Robert Eggers
This was the only film at the festival that I wasn’t able to get in through the waitlist. That’s great for the film, but it broke my perfect record and I couldn’t see this film that had the festival going crazy for it. »
- Dylan Griffin
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Writer/director Rick Alverson ("The Comedy") returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling entertainer lost on the brink. In Alverson's immaculately bleak portrait, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Not everyone found much to laugh about in director Rick Alverson’s 2012 Sundance competition entry “The Comedy,” an extravagantly rude, confrontational and surprisingly poignant study of a dissolute New York slacker waiting to inherit his dying father’s fortune. And not everyone will be entertained by Alverson’s new “Entertainment,” an even darker, weirder odyssey through a soulless American nowhere, with perhaps the world’s most abrasively unfunny insult comic as our guide. But take it or leave it, Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the truly bold voices in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene. General audiences will keep a safe distance, but “Entertainment” should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.
- Scott Foundas
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the first nine films in the long-lived showcase for new work. They include Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s winner of the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes, which is set in a Ukrainian school for deaf and mute coeds and is told entirely in sign language, with no subtitles. The Tribe is one of four films that will make their way to Manhattan from Park City, Utah, where they’re also on the Sundance roster: Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again, about a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman; Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, a follow-up to The Comedy, about a broken-down comedian doing stand-up across the Mojave Desert and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes about a dog’s journey back to its owner after being abandoned in the city.
Representing 11 countries from around the world, »
- The Deadline Team
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
During a Doug Loves Movies podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was asked about performing the motion capture for Groot’s ‘I Want You Back’ dance at the conclusion of the blockbuster Marvel space opera, during which he decided to give an impromptu performance. Of course, cameras were there to capture it, so take a look at Gunn busting out his moves here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
“I think I can say this since I didn’t write or direct it, but it’s the best TV show that’s existed in years,” said series star Jay Duplass of “Transparent,” which just won Golden Globes for Best Comedy/Musical Series and Actor for Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Duplass’s on-screen parent. -Break- The Amazon series marks the first regular foray into television for Duplass, who is better known for writing and directing indie (and indie-style) films with his brother Mark. “It’s actually difficult to tell which ones were made independently and which ones were made in the studio system,” said moderator Scott Smith at the Vancouver International Film Festival Industry Conference during an interview with Duplass, who has produced films that have starred Oscar nominees Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener, John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Kristen Wiig. For this multi-hyphenate, the Coen brothers -- prior to their mainstr. »
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