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When Daniel Day-Lewis, the greatest screen actor of his generation, announced this week that he would be retiring from acting, I had the same initial thought that, I assume, most everyone else did. After a few befuddled seconds of “Why?” I prayed that his announcement wasn’t the euphemism for a health crisis. Once I decided that it probably wasn’t (this is, after all, the actor who took an open-ended sabbatical to build furniture), a conviction began to settle over me. While I had no clear idea why an artist as passionate and celebrated as Daniel Day-Lewis would want to cut his ties to acting (I was going to add “when he’s at the top of his game,” though when has Daniel Day-Lewis not been at the top of his game?), every bone in my body told me that he’d be back. At some point. In some eccentric Daniel Day-Lewis fashion. He »
- Owen Gleiberman
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News Ron Howard Takes Over the Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off: Early in the week, we got the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were stepping down from directing the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off prequel due to creative differences. After a couple days of uncertainty, Ron Howard was announced as their replacement to finish the film. Read more here and here. More Unexpected News Daniel Day-Lewis is Retiring: One of our greatest actors has decided to stop now while he's ahead. The three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis will hang up his hat following the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread this Christmas. Read more...
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- Christopher Campbell
Daniel Day Lewis’ final turn onscreen will not be released until December, but photos taken on-set allow a glimpse into what fans can expect.
The 1950s-set film — which is yet untitled — profiles the world of fashion in London during that era, and follows a dressmaker commissioned by the royals and high society.
Anderson previously directed Lewis in There Will Be Blood — one of his »
- Lindsay Kimble
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the Han Solo prequel, Daniel Day-Lewis and more make our weekly movie news!Adriana Floridia6/23/2017 12:05:00 Pm
There was lots of exciting and controversial movie news that dropped this week. Take a look at some of the highlights below!
Jurassic Park fans only have to wait exactly one year until the next installment in the revived franchise is released. On June 22nd, 2018, we're getting Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which will bring back new stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with that always familiar face, Jeff Goldblum. We still don't know too much about the sequel, but we can enjoy this ever-nostalgic teaser poster in the meantime.
Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Han Solo film lost its directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to creative differences, but the film wasn't an orphan for too long. Ron Howard's name was the first to be thrown around upon this news, and today it has been confirmed that he will indeed take over the project. It's a sensible move, as Howard has a longstanding relationship with Star Wars, as he was originally tipped to direct The Phantom Menace. The film starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.
We have the new trailer for David Gordon Green's Stronger, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing back in 2013. It's the true story of how Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) helped the police track down the killers, while recovering from the trauma himself. Check out the trailer below!
His story captured our attention. His strength captured our hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal is Boston Marathon bombing survivor in #StrongerMovie. pic.twitter.com/HLtCkVhGFn
— Stronger (@StrongerTheFilm) June 22, 2017
Xavier Dolan and Jessica Chastain fans alike can rejoice, as we have our first teaser poster for his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film tells the story of the written correspondence between a famous television star and a young actor, and the impact it had on both of their lives. It looks like Jessica Chastain's character is "up to no good" to quote Dolan, as she plays a sneaky journalist in the film. Check out the poster below!
@jes_chastain is up to no good... First official teaser poster for #thedeathandlifeofjohnfdonovan #jessicachastain pic.twitter.com/ptYvsQj3bR
— Xavier Dolan (@XDolan) June 22, 2017
This week, we heard that legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. The There Will Be Blood star has three Oscars and an almost unparalleled filmography. He's widely considered one of our best actors of all time, which is why most have been devastated by this news. While we're hoping Daniel changes his mind at some point in the future, we can at least look forward to seeing him in what will apparently be his last role, as a fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, due out later this year.
This week we got to feast our eyes on more footage from the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. If what you saw in the trailer blew your mind, there are even more visuals to marvel over in the video below. Blade Runner 2049 sees Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner named K who discovers a long-kept secret that could plunge society into chaos. This leads him to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for almost thirty years. Check it out below!
We can't get over this photo sent out by Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, that has Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Wong and The Hulk sharing a meal. It also gives us a little glimpse at some new costumes, and is obviously getting us super pumped for the new film.
Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017
Thank You for Your Service debuted its first trailer and poster this week! Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with this one and also serves as its screenwriter. The movie gives an in-depth look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war. It stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, and Joe Cole. This looks like a powerful movie and we expect some Oscar buzz around this one. Check out the trailer below and see Thank You for Your Service in Cineplex theatres on October 27th!
A new trailer and poster for American Assassin dropped and this looks like an unbelievable ride. This one follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence, leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Check out the new trailer below and see American Assassin when it hits Cineplex theatres September 15th!
Deadpool 2 has an official release date of June 1st, 2018 and production officially began this week! Even though that's more than a year away we cannot be more pumped! Ryan Reynolds will return as everyone's favourite foul-mouthed anti-hero. The plot for this one is still under wraps but we do know that the story will involve Cable (son of the X-Men character Cyclops), played by Josh Brolin. David Leitch is set to direct; he also has Atomic Blonde hitting theatres this coming July. The original Deadpool was such a fun ride that the wait for Deadpool 2 is going to be looong... check out the teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 and a picture from the movie's set below!
Dropped by the X-Mansion. Big fucking surprise. No one's home. pic.twitter.com/svbUMEdKbb
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 17, 2017
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— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 4, 2017
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- Adriana Floridia
After four decades, twenty some-odd films, three Oscar wins and an endless stream of accolades, Daniel Day-Lewis is… calling it a day. The actor chose to announce this week that he will be retiring from acting after he finishes work on P.T. Anderson’s next film, tentatively titled Phantom Thread. The movie is set in the […] »
The year is half over and Oscar voters need to catch up on their homework. There have been many worthwhile films in the first six months of 2017, including “Get Out” from writer-director Jordan Peele (Universal, Blumhouse); “Logan,” the dark, tender neo-Western from director James Mangold (Fox); and the sumptuous mega-hit “Beauty and the Beast” (director Bill Condon, Disney).
A few years ago, these would have been extreme longshots, at best. But there have been changes in Academy voters and their tastes. Recent winners including “Moonlight,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Ex Machina” prove that voters are redefining what is considered “Oscar bait.” The blurred definition is a challenge to awards strategists, but good news for hopefuls.
Oscars: 13 Deserving Contenders From 2017 So Far
The January-June period has seen many other films with Oscar potential in various categories; see the accompanying reminders by Variety colleagues Kris Tapley and Jenelle Riley. And, needless to say, other contenders will be covered a lot before the March 4, 2018, Oscar ceremony.
Diversity has been a key theme. This year, several films directed by women could be in the mix, including Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” (Focus Features), Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.), and Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie” (Sony Pictures Classics). Still to come are works from Kathryn Bigelow (Annapurna’s much-buzzed “Detroit”), Dee Rees (Netflix’s “Mudbound”); Margaret Betts (Sony Classics’ “Novitiate”) and Angelina Jolie (Netflix’s “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers”).
There are also upcoming works from international filmmakers like Sebastian Lelio, Alfonso Gomez-Rijon, Michael Gracey, Yorgos Lanthimos and Taika Waititi. They will join veterans including Guillermo del Toro, Alexander Payne, Stephen Frears, Richard Linklater, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Here are month-by-month opening dates, followed by a list of films that made a splash at the year’s film festivals so far. And the upcoming festivals will also add a few twists to the Oscar race.
The director and stars are listed for purpose of jogging readers’ memories; it’s not a matter of handicapping, since it’s pointless to make predictions about films that have not been widely seen.
August: “Detroit” (Kathryn Bigelow; John Boyega; Annapurna); “Logan Lucky” (Steven Soderbergh; Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig; Bleecker Street); “Patty Cake$” (Geremy Jasper; Danielle Macdonald; Searchlight); “Wind River” (Taylor Sheridan; Elizabeth Olsen; The Weinstein Co.).
September: “American Made” (Doug Liman; Tom Cruise; Universal); “Battle of the Sexes” (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris; Emma Stone, Steve Carell; Fox Searchlight); “First They Killed My Father” (Angelina Jolie; Netflix); “Victoria and Abdul” (Stephen Frears; Judi Dench; Focus).
The Best Films of 2017 (So Far)
October: “Blade Runner 2049” (Denis Villeneuve; Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford; WB); “Breathe” (Andy Serkis; Andrew Garfield; Bleecker Street, Participant); “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Simon Curtis; Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie; Searchlight); “Marshall” (Reginald Hudlin; with Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall; Open Road); “Mother!” (Darren Aronofsky; Jennifer Lawrence; Paramount); “The Mountain Between Us” (Hany Abu-Assad; Idris Elba, Kate Winslet; Fox); “Thank You for Your Service” (Jason Hall; Miles Teller; Universal)
November: “Darkest Hour” (Joe Wright; Gary Oldman; Focus); “Last Flag Flying” (Richard Linklater; Bryan Cranston; Amazon); “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bharat Nalluri; Dan Stevens; Bleecker Street); “Mary Magdalene” (Garth Davis; Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix; TWC); “Murder on the Orient Express” (Kenneth Branagh; Johnny Depp; Fox); “Suburbicon” (George Clooney; Matt Damon; Paramount); “Thor: Ragnarok” (Taika Waititi; Chris Hemsworth; Disney, Marvel Studios); “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh; Frances McDormand; Searchlight).
December: “The Greatest Showman” (Michael Gracey; Hugh Jackman; Fox); “The Current War” (Alfonso Gomez-Rijon; Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon; TWC); “Downsizing” (Alexander Payne; Matt Damon, Laura Dern; Paramount); “The Papers” (Steven Spielberg; Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep; Fox, Amblin); “The Shape of Water” (Guillermo del Toro; Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer; Searchlight); “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Rian Johnson; Disney, Lucasfilm); “Phantom Thread” (Paul Thomas Anderson; Daniel Day-Lewis; Focus); “Wonder Wheel” (Woody Allen; James Belushi, Kate Winslet; Amazon).
And some of the festival hits so far this year:
Sundance: “The Big Sick,” (Michael Showalter; Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter; Amazon, Lionsgate); “Call Me By Your Name” (Luca Guadagnino; Armie Hammer (Sony Pictures Classics); “The Hero” (Brett Haley; Sam Elliott; The Orchard); Also: “Mudbound” and “Wind River.”
Berlin: “The Lost City of Z” (James Gray; Charlie Hunnam; Amazon, Bleecker Street); “Final Portrait” (Stanley Tucci; Geoffrey Rush; Sony Classics); “Maudie” (Aisling Walsh; Sally Hawkins; Sony Classics).
Cannes: “Good Time” (Safdie brothers; Robert Pattinson; A24); “You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay; Joaquin Phoenix; Amazon); “Okja” (Bong Joon Ho; Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal; Netflix); “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” (Noah Baumbach; Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller; Netflix); “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos; Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell; A24); “The Florida Project” (Sean Baker; Willem Dafoe; A24); “Happy End” (Michael Haneke; Isabelle Huppert; Sony Classics); “Wonderstruck” (Todd Haynes; Julianne Moore; Amazon, Roadside Attractions).
There are also plenty of great documentaries, animated movies and foreign-language films, but those are for later columns.
- Tim Gray
Daniel Day Lewis quits acting, Han Solo updates, Blade Runner 2049 footage and more make our daily movie news!Daniel Day Lewis quits acting, Han Solo updates, Blade Runner 2049 footage and more make our daily movie news!Adriana Floridia6/21/2017 4:17:00 Pm
Today in movie news: retirements, creative differences, and tons of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Check it out below!
Last night, we heard that legendary method actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. The There Will Be Blood star has three Oscars and an almost unparalleled filmography. He's widely considered one of our best actors of all time, which is why most have been devastated by this news. While we're hoping Daniel changes his mind at some point in the future, we can at least look forward to seeing him in what will apparently be his last role, as a fashion designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, due out later this year.
Sad news in the Star Wars world, as we learned that the directors of the new Han Solo prequel film, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have left the project due to creative differences. The 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie filmmakers were likely bringing a more comedic approach to the film, as that is their forte. We're curious about how this will affect the prequel, which has been in production for some time now. Word is that Lucasfilm is looking to replace the duo with filmmaker Ron Howard.
We've got a new featurette from the film Thank You For Your Service, which stars Miles Teller as a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.The film also stars Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer. Check out the behind the scenes look below!
We're super pumped for War for the Planet of the Apes, which is getting stellar early reviews. Today a new featurette dropped, which highlights Andy Serkis' amazing motion-capture performance and the incredible visual effects used in the film. Check it out!
It's apparently the day of featurettes, as we have a third behind the scenes look, this time at the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049. If what you saw in the trailer blew your mind, there are even more visuals to feast your eyes on in the video below. Blade Runner 2049 sees Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner named K who discovers a long-kept secret that could plunge society into chaos. This leads him to finding Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for almost thirty years. Check it out below!
Last but certainly not least, we are enjoying this photo sent out by Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, that has Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Wong and The Hulk sharing a meal. It also gives us a little glimpse at some new costumes, and is obviously getting us super pumped for the new film.
Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017
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- Adriana Floridia
Netflix has announced a slew of movies and TV shows coming to the streaming service next month, and it’s pretty solid! There are some big blockbusters heading to Netflix like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but also solid cinephile fare like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love. After expiring in June, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is back in the fold, and James Cameron’s epic love story Titanic will be available for your streaming pleasure. There are also a couple of intriguing Netflix originals like the anorexia-centric To the Bone and the Jessica Williams romantic … »
- Adam Chitwood
Three-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis has decided to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career, announcing that he will be retiring from acting following the release of his final film, an untitled collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson which is set for release on December 25th of this year.
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” reads a statement from Day-Lewis’ spokesperson Leslee Dart. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
Having made his screen debut in 1971’s Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Day-Lewis went on to earn a reputation as one of the finest actors of all-time and is renowned for being extremely dedicated to his craft, often remaining in character off-screen during his roles. He is the only person to win three Best Actor Oscars – for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln – and was nominated for two further Oscars for Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father. »
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream in July. The list includes new never-before-seen original films, as well as documentaries, comedies, animated titles and some classic movies. Check out some of our favorite new offerings below, along with the complete list of all the new additions.
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1. “To the Bone” (available July 14)
Marti Noxon’s feature directorial debut was a hit out of Sundance, where the Lily Collins-starring drama about eating disorders won over audiences for its nimble ability to tell a compelling dramatic story interspersed with well-earned humor. Sketched from Noxon’s own experiences with anorexia and bolstered by a star turn from the always-reliable Collins, the film is both important and entertaining, and it should be able to reach a very wide audience on the streaming platform. Do not miss it.
2. “Punch-Drunk Love” (available July 1)
Paul Thomas Anderson’s lauded 2002 romantic dramedy features Adam Sandler in one of his few “hey, this guy can really act!” roles and includes some of the auteur’s most indelible shots and richest observations about life and love. It’s a modern classic, and now it can be piped right into your home. I’m lookin’ at your Netflix queue and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin’ smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. It’s so pretty.
3. “Chasing Coral” (available July 14)
Jeff Orlowski won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year for his newest feature, a stunning documentary about the fight to protect coral reefs from becoming extinct. Featuring breathtaking and distressing underwater footage, the movie puts into perspective just how endangered coral reefs are and tracks the effort to save them.
4. “Lion” (available July 9)
This heart-wrenching true story was an awards season juggernaut earlier this year, featuring stellar turns from Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Based on the unbelievable life of young Saroo Brierley, the feature follows his separation from his family and his startling trip back to them many years later, aided by — for real — Google Maps and his own indomitable heart. Bring tissues.
The very first standalone “Star Wars” spinoff follows a motley crew of rogues, criminals, rebels, and scallawags as they attempt to steal the plans to the monstrous Death Star in a bid to really just totally stick it to the Empire and Darth Vader. Knowing how it ends — they get them! and…some other stuff, too! — doesn’t dilute its tension and creativity, and it features a banger of an ensemble cast. Let this one tide you over before the next entry in the rapidly expanding movie universe.
6. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (available July 1)
The early part of the month is heavy on kid-leaning classics, from “Free Willy” to “The Mighty Ducks,” but it’s hard to top the potency of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic. Gather the whole family around the TV and get heavy on the Reese’s Pieces, and enjoy one of the best films ever made about childhood, friendship, and letting go.
Here are the rest of the incoming films for this July:
Available July 1
Disney’s The Mighty Ducks
The Truth Is in the Stars
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Out of Thin Air
Jackass: Number Two
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
Spawn: The Movie
Available July 3
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story
Available July 6
Speech & Debate
Available July 7
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)
Available July 8
Available July 9
Available July 14
To the Bone, Netflix Original
Chasing Coral, Netflix Original
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, Netflix Original
Available July 17
A Cowgirl’s Story
Available July 18
Available July 22
Available July 24
Available July 28
The Incredible Jessica James, Netflix Original
Available July 31
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Daniel Day-Lewis has earned many accolades and awards over the last 35 years, but perhaps no one has more perfectly encapsulated this actor's appeal than comedian Paul F. Tompkins. Cast in a tiny part in 2007's There Will Be Blood opposite Day-Lewis, the stand-up comic later related what their first on-set encounter was like. "Now, I had been told that Daniel Day-Lewis was kind of an intense person," Tompkins says. "And he's really not. He's really … The Most Intense Person that has ever lived on Earth. He's not doing anything – he's »
The man with the most best actor Oscars has announced his retirement. Let’s hope he changes his mind – screen-acting careers don’t get any more brilliant than his
So Daniel Day-Lewis has joined Steven Soderbergh, Ken Loach and Jack Nicholson in the ranks of movie greats who have announced that most unthinkably non-showbusiness move: retirement. At the age of just 60, the legendary triple Oscar winner – recipient of more best actor Oscars than anyone in Academy Award history – says that his next film, Paul Thomas Anderson’s fashion drama Phantom Thread, will be his last. As with those other giants, we have to hope that Sir Daniel will soon feel the need to hand back the carriage clock, hang up the golf clubs and resume his vocation.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis is reportedly retiring from acting. The screen legend, who won Oscars for his work in My Left Foot, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s superb There Will Be Blood, and most recently in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. He was the only performer to receive three Academy Awards. He was nominated a further two times, for Gangs Of New York for Martin Scorsese, and for the brilliant In The Name Of My Father.
A statement has been released by his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart.
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
The actor does have one project left, due for release at the end of the year. The movie in question is Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled feature set in the world of high fashion that should make its way into cinemas for December.
Such sad news, but what a legacy.
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- Paul Heath
• Meanwhile, though, not everyone is happy with the film. Our own Murtada thinks the film lacks tension and should've switched its setting away from the Civil War. Slate details the whitewashing of the source novel that happened in both the 1971 movie and to an even larger degree in the current film. I think a couple of the Slate article complaints are overdoing it particularly when it comes to the dialogue addressing the absence of slaves -- that feels absolutely authentic as to how that particular character (Nicole Kidman's stone-faced self-serving Miss Martha) would dismiss the topic but there are enough valid ones that now I'd love »
- NATHANIEL R
'In the Fade' with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's German-language Avenging Woman drama may give its star the chance to become next awards season Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? The 2003 Cannes Film Festival's Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, Diane Kruger was Cannes' 2017 Best Actress winner for Fatih Akin's In the Fade / Aus dem Nichts. If Akin's German drama finds a U.S. distributor before the end of the year, Kruger could theoretically become the Isabelle Huppert of the 2017–2018 awards season – that is, in case the former does become a U.S. critics favorite while we stretch things a bit regarding the Kruger-Huppert commonalities. Just a bit, as both are European-born Best Actress Cannes winners who have been around for a while (in Huppert's case, for quite a while). Perhaps most importantly, like Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle, Kruger plays a woman out for revenge in In the Fade. Diane Kruger-Isabelle Huppert 'differences' There is, however, one key difference between the two characters: in Elle, Huppert wants to avenge her own rape; in In the Fade, Kruger wants to avenge the death of her Turkish husband (Numan Acar) and their son (Rafael Santana) at the hands of white supremacist terrorists. Another key difference, this time about the Kruger-Huppert Cannes Film Festival connection: although Isabelle Huppert became a U.S. critics favorite – and later a Best Actress Oscar nominee – for her performance in Elle, her (unanimous) Best Actress Cannes win was for another movie, Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher / La pianiste back in 2001. At that time, Huppert also became a U.S. critics favorite (winning Best Actress honors in San Diego and San Francisco; a runner-up in Los Angeles and New York), but, perhaps because of the psychological drama's sexually charged nature, she failed to receive a matching Oscar nod. Last year's Cannes Best Actress, by the way, was Jaclyn Jose for Brillante Mendoza's Philippine drama Ma' Rosa. Huppert had been in contention as well, as Elle was in the running for the Palme d'Or. Diane Kruger Best Actress Oscar nomination chances? A Best Actress nomination for Diane Kruger at the German Academy Awards (a.k.a. Lolas) – for her first German-language starring role – is all but guaranteed. Curiously, that would be her first. As for a Best Actress Oscar nod, that's less certain. For starters, unlike the mostly well-reviewed Elle, In the Fade has sharply divided critics. The Hollywood Reporter, for one, summarized Akin's film as a “thriller made riveting by an emotional performance from Diane Kruger,” while The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called it a “mediocre revenge drama” with “a not particularly good” star turn. Besides, since the year 2000 just one “individual” Best Actress Cannes winner has gone on to receive an Oscar nomination for the same performance: Rooney Mara*, who, though one of the two leads in Todd Haynes' Carol (2011), was shortlisted in the Oscars' Best Supporting Actress category so as not to compete with her co-star and eventual Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett. Then there's the special case of Penélope Cruz; the 2006 Best Actress Oscar nominee – for Pedro Almodóvar's Volver – was a Cannes winner as part of that family comedy-drama ensemble†. And finally, despite their Cannes Best Actress win for performances in (at least partly) English-language films, no less than seven other actresses have failed to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards this century. Björk, Dancer in the Dark (2000). Maggie Cheung, Clean (2004). Hanna Laslo, Free Zone (2005). Charlotte Gainsbourg, Antichrist (2009). Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy (2010). Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia (2011). Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars (2014). Coincidentally, that same year Moore starred in Still Alice, which eventually earned her the Best Actress Oscar. Warner Bros. will be distributing In the Fade in Germany later this year. Regarding the Oscars, whether late in 2017 or late in 2018, seems like it would be helpful if Diane Kruger got a hold of Isabelle Huppert's – and/or Marion Cotillard's and Jean Dujardin's – U.S.-based awards season publicists. * Rooney Mara shared the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award with Emmanuelle Bercot for My King / Mon roi. † Also in the Cannes-winning Volver ensemble: Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Chus Lampreave, and Yohana Cobo. 'The Beguiled' trailer: Colin Farrell cast in the old Clint Eastwood role in Sofia Coppola's readaptation of Civil War-set, lust & circumstance drama. Sofia Coppola ends Cannes female drought About 13 years ago, Sofia Coppola became the first American woman to be shortlisted for the Best Director Academy Award – for the Tokyo-set drama Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Coppola eventually lost in that category to Peter Jackson for the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but she did take home that year's Best Original Screenplay Oscar statuette. There haven't been any other Oscar nominations since, but her father-daughter drama Somewhere, toplining Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, was the controversial Golden Lion winner at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. This year, Coppola has become only the second woman to win the Cannes Film Festival's Best Director Award – for The Beguiled, an American Civil War-set drama based on Thomas P. Cullinan's 1966 novel of the same name (originally published as A Painted Devil). With shades of Rumer Godden's Black Narcissus, The Beguiled follows a wounded Union soldier as he finds refuge at a girls' boarding school in Virginia. Sexual tension and assorted forms of pathological behavior ensue. Tenuous Cannes-Oscar Best Director connection From 2000 to 2016, 20 filmmakers† have taken home the Cannes Film Festival's Best Director Award. Of these, only four have gone on to receive matching Best Director Oscar nominations – but no wins: David Lynch, Mulholland Dr. (2001). Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel (2006). Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher (2014). Four other Cannes Best Director winners were bypassed by the Academy even though their movies featured – at least a sizable chunk of – English-language dialogue: Joel Coen, The Man Who Wasn't There§ (2001). Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Gus Van Sant, Elephant (2004). Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive (2011). In other words, a Best Director Cannes Film Festival win is no guarantee of a Best Director Academy Award nomination. Ultimately, Sofia Coppola's chances of an Oscar nod in the Best Director category depend on how well The Beguiled is received among Los Angeles and New York film circles, and how commercially successful – for an “arthouse movie” – it turns out to be. † During that period, there were three Cannes Film Festival Best Director ties: 2001: Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn't There§ & David Lynch for Mulholland Dr. 2002: Im Kwon-taek for Painted Fire & Paul Thomas Anderson for Punch-Drunk Love. 2016: Cristian Mungiu for Graduation & Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper. Both films opened in the U.S. in spring 2017 and may thus be eligible for the upcoming awards season. § Ethan Coen co-directed The Man Who Wasn't There, but didn't receive credit in that capacity. 'The Beguiled' with Nicole Kidman. The Best Actress Oscar winner ('The Hours,' 2002) had two movies in the Cannes Film Festival's Official Competition; the other one was 'The Killing of the Secret Deer,' also with Colin Farrell. Moreover, Kidman was the recipient of Cannes' special 70th Anniversary Prize. 'Sly' & 'elegant' Also adapted by Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled will be distributed in the U.S. by Oscar veteran Focus Features (Brokeback Mountain, The Danish Girl). The film has generally received positive notices – e.g., “sly” and “elegant” in the words of Time magazine's Stephanie Zacharek – and could well become a strong awards season contender in various categories. The cast includes The Killing of a Sacred Deer actors Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, in addition to Kirsten Dunst (the star of Coppola's Marie Antoinette), Somewhere actress Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Angourie Rice, and Emma Howard. As an aside, Cullinan's novel also served as the basis for Don Siegel's The Beguiled (1971), a Southern Gothic effort adapted by Irene Kamp and former Hollywood Ten member Albert Maltz. In the cast of what turned out to be a major box office flop: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, and Jo Ann Harris. Women directors at Cannes & the Oscars For the record, Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva was the Cannes Film Festival's first Best Director winner, for The Story of the Flaming Years back in 1961. The only woman to have directed a Palme d'Or winner is Jane Campion, for The Piano (1993). Early in 1994, Campion became the second woman to be shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Best Director category. The first one was Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976). 'A Gentle Night' & 'Montparnasse Bienvenue' Qiu Yang's short film Palme d'Or winner A Gentle Night should be automatically eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards. But competition, as usual, will be fierce. In the last decade, the only short film Palme d'Or winner to have received an Oscar nomination is Juanjo Giménez Peña's Timecode (2016), in the Best Live Action Short Film category. This article was originally published at Alt Film Guide (http://www.altfg.com/). »
- Steph Mont.
Oscar Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has decided to quit acting. Again. The highly selective British born method actor has taken less roles over the years, but has remained in high demand. Day-Lewis has gained praise for his chameleon like versatility and intense acting chops, often not leaving character, even off-screen. During the filming of Lincoln, cast and crew had to refer to Day-Lewis as Mr. Lincoln while on set. His stage career came to an end in 1990 when he walked out of a performance of Hamlet, claiming that he had seen the ghost of his late father and quit acting in the early 2000s, disillusioned with Hollywood.
"Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. »
Simon Brew Jun 21, 2017
Well, this has come a bit out of the blue. Three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting, with his last role pretty much done and dusted. His final film will be Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming drama set in the world of fashion. It’s not got a title yet, but it’s due for release this December.
Day-Lewis will complete his promotional duties for that movie, but once that’s done, his acting days will be behind him. His spokeperson told Variety that “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject”.
He's checking out of the business at 60 years of age, and you don’t need us to tell you that he’s regarded as one of the very best actors of his generation. His relatively sparse number of film credits can be put down to just how much he’s known to sink into every role he takes on.
When we have more news on his final film, we’ll pass it your way.
Daniel Day-Lewis, the English-born star who won Best Actor Oscars for his roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, is retiring from acting, according to Variety. A spokesperson produced a short statement expressing his gratitude to his collaborators and audiences and noting that this was a private decision on which there will be no further comment.
Day-Lewis, who made a splash early on in his career with supporting roles in films like My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room With A View, has previously expressed concern about the level of press intrusion he has faced because of his profession. His final film, Phantom Thread, is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and will be released later this year. »
- Jennie Kermode
There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission.
People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.
There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.
My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.
Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”
Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”
“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera
“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow
“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing
“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas
“Che” — Steven Soderbergh
“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami
“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov
“The World” — Jia Zhangke
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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- J. Hoberman
Sad day for fans of brilliant performances.
Daniel Day-Lewis has retired from acting, the Oscar-winner's rep confirmed to Et on Tuesday.
"Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years," the statement reads. "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."
Known for his dedicated method style of preparation, Day-Lewis has been known to "disappear into a role," leading to a slew brilliant performances in a number of acclaimed films such as There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, and more recently »
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