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Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8. The award will be presented on May 1. The Sf Film Society and its year-round programming will be the beneficiary of the star-studded fundraiser honoring Oscar winner Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), who will be filling the shoes of Bruce Wayne's trusty butler Alfred in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" mashup from Zack Snyder.Meanwhile, Richard Linkater is the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award; Stephen Gaghan the recipient of the Kanbar Screenwriting Award; and John Lasseter the recipient of the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award. Previous recipients over the past decade of the Owens Award are Harrison Ford (2013), Judy Davis (2012), Terence Stamp (2011), Robert Duvall (2010), Robert Redford (2009), Maria Bello (2008), Robin Williams (2007), Ed Harris »
- Beth Hanna
Superman’s first big-screen outing convinced audiences and Hollywood bean counters alike that a man really could fly — and in that pre Comic-Con culture, Superman had the skies all to himself. There was no Spider-Man movie or Batman movie to hold fans over until Superman was ready to fly again, a full three years after the original. So when Superman II was finally released in the United States — a full six months after it had premiered in Australia and Europe (!) — it was like the second coming.
- Jeff Labrecque
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents: Oscar-winning actor, Grammy-winning musician, stand-up comic... but did you know he's also a pretty good impressionist?
Speaking to Digital Spy for his new animated film Rio 2, Foxx discussed finding an unlikely inspiration for his Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain Electro, and also shared his thoughts on Rio co-star Jesse Eisenberg's casting as Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman.
Rio 2 opens in UK cinemas today (April 4) and will be released in the Us on April 11.
Additional reporting by Tom Mansell »
Needing an anecdote or two for a paper I was due to deliver on the occasion of the director Peter Glenville's birth centenary in 2013, I rang up Ossie Morris (obituary, 20 March) late last year. He recalled, still with astonishing clarity, working with Glenville on Term of Trial (1962), a small black-and-white British film.
Interestingly, he hadn't bothered to give the credit even a mention beyond its title in his riveting 2006 autobiography, despite the fact it co-starred Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Terence Stamp and the newcomer Sarah Miles. Ossie's fabulous memoir, devoting considerable space instead to his long collaboration with the Hollywood film-maker John Huston, was, rather fittingly and wittily, entitled Huston, We Have a Problem.
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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Who founding story "Lambert & Stamp," which debuted well at Sundance 2014. Spc will handle the release of cinematographer-turned-director James D. Cooper’s debut documentary in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia. The Harms/Cooper, Motocinema, Inc. production stars Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, and features Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Terence Stamp. Aspiring New Wave filmmakers Stamp and Lambert were looking for a subject for an underground movie when they stumbled upon the band that would become The Who. They went on to mentor and manage the group. “'Lambert & Stamp' is the greatest untold story in rock," states Cooper, who shot as well as producing the film along with Loretta Harms and Douglas Graves. "The movie captures a very unlikely partnership and the hailstorm of creativity that comes with »
- Anne Thompson
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to James D. Cooper’s directorial debut, the documentary Lambert & Stamp. The film follows aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert as they set out to put together an underground film in the 1960s and discover the band that would become The Who. The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey as well as actor Terence Stamp are featured in the film. Sundance Review: 'Lambert & Stamp' Spc also picked up Australian and New Zealand, Eastern European and Russian rights to the film, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
- Gregg Kilday
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Australian and Nz, Asian, Eastern European and Russian rights to James D. Cooper.s directorial debut Lambert & Stamp , which premiered recently at Sundance. The film stars Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, and features Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Terence Stamp. Lambert & Stamp tells the remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring New Wave filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks who set out to find a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who. This complex and moving relationship, a combination of the deeply tragic and brilliantly comedic, fueled the band's artistic development »
“Real currency in the world ain’t money; it’s trust.” “There’s no such thing as one last job.” These and other canned bits of honor-among-thieves wisdom can be found in “The Art of the Steal,” a derivative heist thriller-comedy that passes painlessly enough at a brisk 90 minutes, but ultimately feels as disposable as the numerous counterfeit paintings that exchange hands throughout. Cast as estranged brothers trying to settle an old score by stealing (and forging copies of) priceless museum-based treasures, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon collect their paychecks without breaking a sweat in this low-rent diversion, a lightly amusing riff on the many superior films of its type, including but not limited to the various iterations of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Italian Job.” The Canadian production is now in theatrical and VOD release through Radius-twc.
“The Art of the Steal” feels wheezy from the outset, inundating the »
- Justin Chang
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini
A work that is chronologically and aesthetically his mid-period film, Teorema is Pier Paolo Pasolini at his finest hour. It is not Neo Realist cousin like Accatone (1961) Mamma Roma (1962), nor is it the debaucherous snarl of Salò (1975); it has a larger portion of the religious parable than The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966), and is as interested in sex as The Decameron (1971).
Teorema is a work of quiet suddenness. It moves quickly from documentary-style social film to its enigmatic plot, and Pasolini seems intent on doing away with any contrivances of a traditional narrative set-up. Within minutes of the opening credits the upper-class family at the center of the story receives a brief telegram: “Arriving tomorrow.” Immediately thereafter, the Visitor (or the Angel, as he’s sometimes called) is in their midst, disrupting and confusing husband, wife, son, daughter, »
- Neal Dhand
ComingSoon.net has your first look at a clip from Jonathan Sobol's The Art of the Steal , which hits theaters today and stars Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh and Jason Jones. In the R-rated film, Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge »
From writer/director Jonathan Sobol, The Art of the Steal tells the story of Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) a motorcycle daredevil and art thief who agrees to pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon), which will, of course, lead to nothing but trouble for everyone involved. The film also stars Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos and Terence Stamp. At the film’s press day, actor Kurt Russell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made him what to be a part of this film, what this group of actors was like to work with, how much fun he had bringing this guy to life, and that he’s happy with how the film ultimately turned out. He also talked about the passion he has for making wine, how he’s got both a heavy film called Clang and a Western »
- Christina Radish
In The Art Of The Steal, Kurt Russell leads an impressive cast including Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillion and Terence Stamp. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol’s feature film takes a playful look at crime and deception between brothers. Both Russell and Dillion do an impeccable job as rival siblings in a cutthroat world. The lighthearted caper is definitely worth checking out as the ever so charismatic Russell once again gives a terrific performance. When I sat down with both Jonathan »
Stage 32, a free social media and education networking site which links film, television and theatre creatives from around the world, is increasingly popular in Australia and New Zealand.
Australians are consistently among the top 5 active entertainment communities on the Los Angeles-based site, according to spokeswoman Tracey La Monica.
Launched by screenwriter, producer and former magazine publisher Richard Botto in February 2012, Stage 32 has members in more than 186 countries and is used by more than 200,000 professionals each day.
The Stage 32 Lounge enables member to pitch online and to interact and there are job postings, blogs and webinars taught by industry veterans. The organisers say thousands of people have found work, launched projects and made career changing connections on the site, and dozens of writers have been signed or are in development as a result of the pitching sessions.
- Inside Film Correspondent
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to streaming
Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
I caught up with…
new to Prime
Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Art Bitch: Sobol Turns to the Dependable Heist Drama with Mixed Results
Flying in on the feathery laurels of Kurt Russell (once again donning a skilled leadfoot persona, albeit one who is much less sinister than his Stuntman Mike), director Jonathan Sobol turns to the sinewy double crossings of the old fashioned heist for his sophomore effort, The Art of the Steal. While it’s a stretch to say that Sobol, who also penned the screenplay, brings anything fresh to the table, he fills his 90 minutes with enough pep to keep us interested, which is nothing to balk at considering his plot twists aren’t divided by explosive action sequences. Several cast members lends the material a superficial draw, though the film doesn’t tend to champion or showcase any of them (and as for an engaging female presence, forget it—ladies are on short order here, with a lone »
- Nicholas Bell
As The Art of the Steal star Kurt Russell and writer/director Jonathan Sobol tell ComingSoon.net in the below video interview, putting together a feature film isn't all that dissimilar from a pulling off a successful heist: it's all about the bringing together the perfect team. Their film boasts a ensemble cast that includes, in addition to Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp and many more. Russell plays Crunch Calhoun, a down-on-his-luck motorcycle daredevil whose former calling as a professional art thief pulls him back into the game for one last big score. To pull it off, however, he's forced to team with his less-than-trustworthy brother, Nicky (Dillon). You can check out our conversation with Russell and Sobol in the player below and catch The Art of the »
Director: Tim Burton
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
This will likely come across as sacrilege, but my disinterest in Tim Burton has grown over the years starting somewhere around the time he gave us his last most ambitious project in Big Fish. Replacing Johnny Depp in favor of the alluring ensemble cast (might be another award mention-worthy turn from Amy Adams) the scaled down dramatic compelling bio-pic fare sees Burton once again work with the same scribes who gave us Ed Wood and additionally know how to write court-room scenes of high value as seen with The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Gist: A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and »
- Eric Lavallee
Trevor Hogg chats with Ales Kot about comics and the creation of Edward Zero...
“What is an artist?” asks Ales Kot. “If anything done sufficiently well is art, then I certainly come from a family of artists. My mother was a social worker and became an interior designer; her mother worked at the post office most of her life and her father worked as a steel worker, an army specialist, and a truck driver. My father worked as a miner, then sold steel and then built up a soccer club; his father worked on a high position in a steel factory and taught physics and mathematics while his mother worked in a store selling food most of her life. Thankfully, I was always encouraged to read and write and think on my own, at least by certain members of the family.” Kot believes, “Any merger of visuals and text is comics. »
By Alex Simon
If you’re a guy of a certain age (think Gen X), Kurt Russell was that actor you discovered as a child who wasn’t just a familiar face on the big and small screen, he was your buddy you grew up with. Not a peer, necessarily, but the cool, slightly older kid who lived next door who you just knew, if you played your cards right, you might grow up to be: handsome, self-assured in sports, with girls and in your place on the planet. Especially if you could hang out with him on a regular basis and learn the tricks to his magic, and magic was something Kurt Russell had from the beginning.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: David Nicholls
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
The literature of Thomas Hardy seems to be receiving a sort of cinematic revival, mostly thanks to Michael Winterbottom, who recently re-tooled Tess of the D’ubervilles with 2011’s Trishna (he also directed a version of Jude, 1995, and his 2000 film The Claim was based on The Mayor of Casterbridge). Now we’ll have Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg revisiting Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, which was famously adapted in 1967 by John Schlesinger, featuring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch, and Terence Stamp. So, there are some huge shoes to fill. We’re curious to see what Vinterberg does with the material, especially with Mulligan (who seems to be attracted to literary adaptations) filling in for Christie. »
- Nicholas Bell
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