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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
After scoring a modest sleeper success with the touristy romance “Cairo Time,” star Patricia Clarkson and writer-helmer Ruba Nadda reunite for the would-be suspenser “October Gale.” , and falls short as a character-driven drama as well. Polished but minor, the overly low-key results are unlikely to stir much theatrical excitement, though the pic should do Ok in ancillary formats.
Toronto doctor Helen Matthews (Clarkson) is grieving the recent loss of the husband (Callum Keith Rennie, seen in wordless flashbacks) she was married to for 32 years. (The fatal accident that claimed his life is never specified.) As part of an effort to move on, she decides she’ll spend some time alone at her family’s isolated longtime vacation cottage; the power boat that gets her there conks out during a subsequent pleasure ride, requiring her rescue by the local harbor master. Upon being dropped off, she gets a big surprise, finding a stranger, »
- Dennis Harvey
October Gale, 2014.
Directed by Ruba Nadda.
A doctor takes in a mysterious man when he washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound and soon discovers that his would-be killer is on his way to finish the job.
A doctor grieving the death of her husband heads to an isolated island where a family cottage is located; while going through the belongings to be packed away, she experiences a series of flashback which indicates a close and warm relationship between the spouses. Bad signs occur like the motorboat needing to be prepared, the loss of a cell phone reception and the oncoming storm. A thumping noise and the search for the source of it leads to a gunshot victim who has crawled his way into the dwelling place.
In order to survive a partnership is created »
- Trevor Hogg
Roy Andersson’s lauded absurdist comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence has scooped the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Update 12:20 Pm Pt: The Venice jury tonight gave its Golden Lion to a bird, but it wasn’t the particular bird many were expecting. Alejandro G Inarritu’s opening night hit Birdman was shut out of the awards. The Golden Lion instead went to Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence. The metaphysical film is the final leg of a trilogy about what it means to be a human being. It carries on from 2000’s Songs From The Second Floor and 2007’s You, The Living. Pigeon was well-received by critics here so it’s not a total surprise – and this was a movie folks had been waiting for since it didn’t turn up on the Cannes roster after Andersson’s previous two debuted there. Jury member Tim Roth said he liked Birdman and told the press corps of its omission amongst the prizes, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Well, that’s basically a wrap on the Venice Film Festival and the Venezia 71 jury—chaired by Alexandre Desplat and comprised of Joan Chen, Philip Gröning, Jessica Hausner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandy Powell, Tim Roth, Elia Suleiman and Carlo Verdone—has decided the awards. The big winner? Roy Andersson’s metaphysical, long-awaited “A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” won the Golden Lion Best Film prize (our review). Adam Driver won best actor for “Hungry Hearts” and the Grand Jury Prize went to Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look Of Silence” (our review). Full winners with applicable links below. Golden Lion for Best Film to: En Duva Satt PÅ En Gren Och Funderade PÅ Tillvaron A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence by Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France) Silver Lion for Best Director to: Andrej Končalovskij for the film Belye Nochi Pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman »
- The Playlist
Venice – Swedish director Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” an absurdist pic consisting of intersecting beautifully composed vignettes, won the 71st Venice Golden Lion.
“Pigeon” is “the final part of a trilogy on being a human being,” in the words of the cult director known to cinephiles for his sophisticated comic absurdity. The previous two installments are “Songs From The Second Floor” and “You, the Living.”
“Number one on my list concerning influence is Vittorio De Sica,” said the visibly moved auteur in receiving the top nod, paying tribute to the Italian neo-realist master.
- Nick Vivarelli
Those of us that bang the drum for more film and television work originated by women can enjoy a small victory dance today, as it seems the creative partnership between actress Patricia Clarkson and director Ruba Nadda will continue with the development of an hour-long romantic drama, titled Elisabeth. While details of the premise are currently sketchy, it seems the show will be set amidst the world of international politics, which means we can look forward to the fabulous and talented Clarkson holding court in a realm we have never really seen her tackle before.
The Clarkson-Nadda team has previously delivered two feature films. The first – 2009’s Cairo Time – featured Clarkson opposite Alexander Siddig in a tale of unexpected romance, and won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The second – October Gale – features Clarkson as a doctor living on a remote island, caught in »
- Sarah Myles
The Hateful Eight has had a rough start to it's production, with Quentin Tarantino threatening to shelve his return to the Western genre after the first draft of the script was leaked by Gawker last year. Thankfully, Tarantino never went ahead with his threats, and the film heads in front of the camera in January, with Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Walter Goggins rumoured to be taking part in the tale of eight strangers holed up in cabin during a blizzard in post-Civil War Wyoming. The release date for the movie has been set for Autumn 2015, with Tarantino proclaiming it will be 'the widest 70mm release in over 20 years' with the film being released in the higher resolution 70mm format, with a 35mm and digital releases following shortly after. Any Tarantino movie immediately goes on my must-see list, and the prospect of seeing »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The Weinstein Company announced today that they will distribute Quentin Tarantino's Western The Hateful Eight. Principal photography is slated to begin early next year, with a fall 2015 release being planned.
"We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over twenty years ago."
The Western will be shot on 65Mm film, with the studio planning the widest 70Mm release in over 20 years. The Weinstein Company will also distribute the film in 35Mm and Dcp formats, following the exclusive 70Mm release. The story follows a group »
Sure, we all heard that Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" would be coming out in the fall of 2015, but now it's official. The Weinstein Company has signed on to distribute the film, after handling duties for Tarantino's last two films, "Django Unchained" and "Inglourious Basterds," according to Entertainment Weekly. "Eight" will star Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, James Parks, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. "Hateful Eight" starts shooting in January, and is aiming for a fall 2015 release. In a largely digital age, Tarantino is a known proponent of film and will shoot it in 70mm. It will then enjoy what the press release calls "the widest 70mm release in over 20 years." Who's excited? »
- Dave Lewis
The Weinstein Company has confirmed that Quentin Tarantino's 'shot on 65mm' western "The Hateful Eight" is set to commence shooting in January. Harvey Weinstein claims to be giving the post-Civil War Western "the widest 70mm release for over 20 years".
In an official statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein say: “We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over 20 years ago."
The story is set in Wyoming and focuses on people trapped after a snow storm forces a stagecoach off its route. Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson are onboard the project which is slated to hit late 2015.
- Garth Franklin
It's been a long and winding road all ready for Quentin Tarantino's next film, The Hateful Eight. There was the infamous script leak, then Tarantino's outraged "It's off!" response to said leak, then a star-studded staged reading, then a "It's back on!" announcement from the director, a quick teaser, and now The Weinstein Company has announced a start date for filming.
The post-Civil War set western will go before cameras this January. The film will take place in a snowy Wyoming town, and center around a group of characters left stranded in the town after a blizzard diverts their stage coach. There'll be bounty hunters, prisoners, Confederates, a Cow Puncher, a Hangman, and more- as hostilities within the town all come to a head.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
I understood when Quentin Tarantino decided to put The Hateful Eight on hold after the script was leaked. It was his property, it wasn’t ready for public consumption, and it tainted the process. But I’m overjoyed he decided to pick it back up and that it’s set for release next year. According to Empire, Tarantino will begin filming in January, which means in all likelihood we’ll know the final cast before the end of 2014. The full cast has yet to be announced, but Empire confirms Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached; there’s also the possibility Jennifer Lawrence could be on board. Even more exciting is that Tarantino is using his sway to get a 70mm presentation to as wide an audience as possible. Hit the jump for more. [Update: Ben Fritz at the Wall Street Journal adds that The Hateful Eight will initially be released exclusively in 70mm, followed by a 35mm and digital release in the following weeks.] Executive producer Harvey Weinstein tells Empire that »
- Matt Goldberg
Following leaked scripts and internal fall outs between directors and studio executives that resulted in an untimely lawsuit, Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War western The Hateful Eight has finally been handed the go-ahead to begin filming in January with a release expected in the fall of 2015.
“We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over 20 years ago.”
Alas, not much is known in terms of actual plot. Although, it’s understood The Hateful Eight will involve the »
- Michael Briers
The Hateful Eight is coming. It's official as Quentin Tarantino reveals a production start date, distributor and release plans. The Wrap reports Quentin Tarantino's sure to be bloody western The Hateful Eight will roll into production in January of 2015. The Weinstein Company has already committed to distribute the film, which will open in three forms. As promised in its teaser, The Hateful Eight will be shot for a 70mm release, and The Weinstein Company is promising the widest release this shooting format has been offered in 20 years. TWC will also be offering releases in 35mm format as well as a digital release. Penned by Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is set in a Wyoming following the Civil War. This common Western backdrop will be filled with a batch of bounty hunters forced to share shelter when a cruel snowstorm sweeps in. Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Tim Roth, »
A press release from The Weinstein Company has reached inboxes, bringing rock solid confirmation of some good news: the studio will be releasing "The Hateful Eight," the latest film from Quentin Tarantino, the filmmaker's ninth, in a little over a year. Having come close to dropping the project when the script leaked at the start of this year, Tarantino's now preparing for a January shoot for the project, and the press release confirms the news from the recent teaser trailer that the film will be released in the fall of 2015. Most intriguingly, the film, which Tarantino has long-touted would be filmed in large format, will apparently receive 'the widest 70mm release in over 20 years' (we think the last to get a similar roll-out was Ron Howard's "Far & Away"). For anyone who loves film, that can only be a good thing. With a January start date, we'll likely hear confirmation »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The post-Civil War actioner will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years with the initial release in 70mm, followed by releases in 35mm and Dcp formats.
“We are incredibly excited to begin production on ‘The Hateful Eight,’ as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior,” Bob and Harvey Weinstein said. »
- Dave McNary
Andrew Scott's career is a varied one. Whilst his portrayal of Moriarty in the TV show Sherlock is his highest profile role, he's consistently picked an interesting variety of roles, working across theatre and screen.
His most recent is in the incoming Pride, a brilliant new comedy that finally gets to cinemas later this month. And in advance of that, he spared us some time for a chat about the film, his career, and the mighty Jason Statham....
This is the second time this year - after The Stag - I've seen you in a comedy where you have to take on some of the serious, heavy lifting work, while others get the comedy lines.
Was Gethin always your role here, then? Or did you read the script and go 'that's the part I want'? »
Cuba Gooding Jr. In Malibu
Gooding was dressed for the beach outing in a pair of patriotic red, white and blue swim shorts emblazoned with stars and stripes. The Oscar-winning actor completed his Labor Day look with a bucket hat and sandals as he walked along the water shirtless. While having his fun in the sun, Gooding almost lost his shorts, exposing his backside for the cameras.
Noticeably absent from the Labor Day pictures were the actor's estranged wife Sara Kapfer and their three children – Spencer, Mason and Piper. Kapfer filed for separation from Gooding back in April after 20 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Kapfer, who is Gooding’s high school sweetheart, wants them to have joint legal and physical custody of their children, two of whom are minors.
Gooding, whose »
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