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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
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
Quentin Tarantino is currently in the throes of his putting his new film, The Hateful Eight, together. The movie sees him follow up Oscar-winning Django Unchained with another western, and as always Tarantino has attracted quite the cast. Channing Tatum, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Jennifer Jason Leigh are all on board.
One man who isn't, though, is Viggo Mortsensen. The Lord Of The Rings star had been linked with the film, and in a new interview with Grantland, the actor admitted that he and Tarantino "did meet" about the project.
"All of last fall, I travelled non-stop", he said. "I was on a plane every two days to promote Jauja and Far From Men. I knew as a producer and an actor that I needed »
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement. The film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th. Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit SelmaMovie.com.
Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices. Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Glory" by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th.
Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit www.SelmaMovie.com
Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices.
Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
- Michelle McCue
Repeating triumphs at Berlin, Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul” — a traditions-versus-women’s-rights piece set in Guatemala — and Gabriel Ripstein’s Tim Roth starrer “600 Miles” topped the 30th Guadalajara Festival Saturday, “Ixcanul” scooping best picture and director in its Ibero-America Competition and “600 Miles” the Mezcal Prize for best Mexican fiction feature. Celso Garcia’s road movie “The Thin Yellow Line” took a Special Jury Prize in the Ibero-American competish.
“Yellow Line” – which world preemed in Guadalajara – features a deep cast, led by Damian Alcazar then, Joaquin Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sanchez Parra and smoky newcomer Americo Hollander, as a team of loveable screw-ups hired to paint dividers along a long stretch of empty Mexican highway.
Fest-favorite, “600 Miles” had detractors at the confab, mostly tied to script issues, but there was broad enthusiasm for Roth’s work as a manipulator and lead Kristyan Ferrer’s compliance. The film juices gunrunning U.S.-Mexico, »
- James Young
Director Ava DuVernay's depiction of the 1960's Civil Rights movement in the lauded drama Selma will make its Digital HD home video debut on April 21, 2015. The Selma Blu-ray and DVD release date will come a couple weeks later on May 5, 2015.
Selma stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of other strong actors including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tim Roth, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, and Lorraine Toussaint. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and won Best Song for the John Legend and Common tribute, 'Glory.'
The Selma Blu-ray is a combo pack with DVD and Digital HD. It is absolutely loaded with bonus features as a testament for the love the film received by audiences and critics alike.
Here's a rundown of all the Selma extras that will be found on the Blu-ray combo:
Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).
It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”
“The concept »
- John Hopewell
Paramount Home Media Distribution has revealed the full details for the Blu-ray and DVD Oscar Winning film Selma, starring David Oleyowo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Ava DuVernay.
Pre-order Selma On Blu-ray Here
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:
–DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 English; Dolby Digital 5.1 French and English Audio Description
English, English Sdh, French, and Spanish Subtitles
–The Road to Selma
–Deleted and Extended Scenes
–National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
–Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation
The single disc DVD will include:
–Dolby Digital 5.1 English, »
- Scott J. Davis
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.
Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”
- Michelle McCue
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Well, it’s a different sort of damsel-in-distress flick, at least. It’s not very suspenseful or thrilling or exciting, and it’s entirely romantically inert, which is not what it intends, but hey, Patricia Clarkson (The Maze Runner) is as awesome as always. She is Helen, a doctor from Toronto who is spending some alone time at her remote lakeside cabin on an island reachable only by boat, still grieving for her husband (Callum Keith Rennie [Fifty Shades of Grey] in flashbacks) who died the year before. But there’s always a mysterious stranger! When William (Scott Speedman: The Vow) washes up on her solitary femaleness, bleeding from a gunshot wound, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Patricia Clarkson is one of those indispensable character actors that is too rarely delegated to leading lady status. However, she makes the most of a meandering script in a new film she headlines, October Gale, which also reunites her with Cairo Time director Ruba Nadda.
The actress plays Helen Matthews, a recently widowed woman in her fifties returning to the Ontario cottage she used to enjoy with her husband, James (played in flashback by Callum Keith Rennie). It’s hard for Helen to let go, especially when remnants of James are everywhere: in the picture frames on the wall, in the deck of cards she shuffles tenderly, in the year-old sports section of the newspaper left by the fireplace.
Helen could use something to pre-occupy her as she lounges around the cabin, tenderly coveting the things her husband used to own, and that distraction soon comes in the form of »
- Jordan Adler
Just after Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman” won big at the Oscars, Mexico’s 30th Guadalajara Festival shows why — and why Mexican talent lures Hollywood.
Adding to the Oscar glory, last month, Latin America swept most top awards at the Berlin festival (“The Club,” “Ixcanul,” above, “600 Miles,” “The Second Mother,” “Nasty Baby”).
At Guadalajara, 22 Mexican movies vie for the Mezcal Prize, while the fest also boasts a 15-title Ibero-American feature competition and the Co-production Meeting with 28 projects.
The festival runs March 21-30 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (ficg.mx).
In 2014, a group of markedly different Mexican movies performed robustly at Mexico’s box office: “Perfect Dictatorship,” a political lampoon, hit $13 million; romantic comedy “Marry Who You Can” grossed $11.2 million; and biopic “Cantinflas,” which world premiered at 2014’s Guadalajara, hit $8.5 million and repped Mexico in the foreign-language Oscar race.
Guadalajara’s 2015 Mezcal competition is equally eclectic and plural, reflecting Mexican cinema’s good moment, »
- John Hopewell
Perfect Storm: Mystery Tinged Romance from Nadda Gets Blown Away in Gusts
There’s much to admire in Montreal-born director Ruba Nadda’s latest film, October Gale, which reunites her with the Patricia Clarkson, star of her generally well-received 2009 film, Cairo Time. Nadda once again provides Clarkson with a melancholy tinged lead role that provides us with a framework that recalls classic ‘women’s pictures’ of the studio era, something we’d most likely have seen from a Cukor or Negulesco and starring the embittered likes of a Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck. Clarkson evokes a softer sentimentality than those references, which may explain why many will be dismayed when the film suddenly becomes a romance tinged mystery thriller, only one that doesn’t want to sacrifice any of these particular elements and therefore tends to seem watered down on all fronts.
A Toronto doctor still grieving over the tragic »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Ruba Nadda
Run Time: 91 minutes
Synopsis: Whilst mourning the death of her husband on their island retreat, a widowed doctor is forced to treat a mysterious man who washes ashore during stormy weather with a gunshot wound.
Premiering during a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), October Gale is a dramatic thriller that’s too devoid of tension to be considered thrilling and far short of emotional and relatable characters to be considered dramatic.
All this is a shame because the opening sequence of sweeping Parry Sound long shots and Steadicam shots of Helen (Patricia Clarkson) opening and cleaning the family’s vacation cottage offered a promising segue into what appears to be (on the surface), a study in normative bereavement with a murderous twist. Likewise, the film’s setting is a beautiful contradiction »
- Sacha Hall
The Marvel cinematic universe is a narrative entity that seems to be getting bigger and more popular with each passing year. It hit the jackpot in 2008 with the casting of Robert Downey Jr. in the original Iron Man film, blew up tremendously with 2012’s superhero team-up film The Avengers, and shocked the world of movies by creating a massive box office hit with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. One character that hasn’t been able to break into that level of popularity, though – at least on his own – is Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk. The second film in Marvel’s cinematic universe, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton and Tim Roth, was only a modest box office success when compared to Iron...
- Chris Clow
Ireland's very own Liam Cunningham is the latest star to be attached to The Childhood of a Leader, a WW1 movie currently shooting in Hungary and the debut feature of Brady Corbet. Already on board the movie are Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Bernice Bejo. It's set to be the story of an American family in France at the end of WW1, whose young son begins to demonstrate some very disturbing behaviour, amid a backdrop of a devout Christian upbringing and ongoing peace negotiations as the war draws to a close. Cunningham's schedule is still dominated by the hugely popular Game of Thrones, and fans on this side of the Atlantic are hoping his Sir Davos Seaworth isn't one of the rumoured cast that are due to be culled this year. Season 5 kicks off in just a few weeks and George Rr Martin recently dropped the bombshell that some of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
Directed by Ava DuVernay.
Watching a film like Selma is no easy feat and someone who catches a glimpse of some of the violence portrayed in it may think they’d seen footage of the Ferguson riots. Instead of a traditional biopic of Martin Luther King, director Ava DuVernay and writer Paul Webb have focussed on a pivotal moment – the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Selma is a powerful film that demonstrates how far we’ve come in terms of racial equality, whilst still highlighting how far we have to go.
Credit has to go to DuVernay and Webb for creating a film that is so unflinching in its brutality. »
- Helen Murdoch
The deal, which gives FremantleMedia a first-look option on all Corona TV output, pushes forward FremantleMedia’s ambition to build its scripted pipeline with projects that will have “an epic and cinematic feel,” and attract international co-production funding.
FremantleMedia previously worked with Johns and Jermyn on the development of “Birds of Prey,” a TV adaptation of the first three novels of Wilbur Smith’s Courtney series, penned by “Layer Cake” scriptwriter J.J. Connolly.
Corona TV is a sister company of Corona Pictures, which was founded by Johns and Jermyn in London in 2009. The company develops, produces and markets feature films and television programs to every country in the world, including the major established markets, and key emerging markets such as China.
In recent years, »
- Leo Barraclough
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