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Sean Penn was in Dublin on Election Night and, when the two-time Academy Award winner went to bed at around midnight local time, he was “confidently, arrogantly, supremely certain that the election would go to Hillary Clinton.” Then he awoke to “the new norm.” That’s from a new Daily Beast article penned by the actor and filmmaker that touches on Donald Trump, Fidel Castro and the overall state of the union, in which he also admits that “somewhere deep, deep inside though, I knew I should’ve known better.”
Penn, like many in Hollywood, is clearly disturbed and disappointed by Trump’s election. He’s also alarmed by the celebratory reactions to Castro’s death — including a tweet from the president-elect — and recounts a weeklong trip he once took »
- Michael Nordine
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and The India Center Foundation are launching India Kaleidoscope, an “exciting new festival that will present film lovers with a chance to immerse themselves in the unique sights and sounds that make up the Indian regional, independent film landscape.”
The inaugural India Kaleidoscope Festival, taking place December 8 – 11 at the Museum, will feature eight films, including seven new titles that will be making their U.S. or North American premieres and one special presentation of a classic Indian film. Most films will feature directors in person. The Opening Night film is “India in a Day,” an ambitious documentary project initiated by Google and comprised of images shot by thousands of people throughout India, artfully edited by director Richie Mehta »
- Kate Erbland
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Nicole Kidman with the International Star Award for her performance in “Lion” at its Film Awards Gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“One of the world’s most luminous and versatile actresses, Nicole Kidman has filled so many unforgettable roles including her performances in ‘The Hours,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ and dozens more,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. ‘In her latest film, ‘Lion,’ she gives yet another award-worthy performance as Sue Brierley, an Australian woman who adopts two young boys from India.”
“Lion” follows the story of a five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and »
- Dave McNary
The Australian screen icon and star of awards season contender Lion will collect the honour at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 2.
Lion follows a young man adopted by an Australian couple who tracks down his biological family in India years after he was separated from them. Dev Patel and David Wenham also star in the film released in the Us by The Weinstein Company.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights from Preferred Content to John Papola’s At The Fork and has partnered with Whole Foods Market and The Humane Society Of The United States on the release of the farm-to-plate documentary, set to open on select digital platforms on December 27 and on VOD, digital and DVD on January 3 at participating Whole Foods Market locations. [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this year, stating in a court filing that the actor had been verbally and physically abusive to her throughout the entirety of their relationship. Now she has recorded a PSA for the GirlGaze Project about domestic violence and the importance of extricating oneself from such a relationship. Heard — who never mentions Depp by name in the emotional video — begins by explaining why so many women have trouble doing so: “When it happens in your home, behind closed doors, with someone you love, it’s not as straightforward. If a stranger did this…it would be a no-brainer.” Watch the full PSA below.
“Telling someone safe is the beginning of choosing yourself,” continues Heard, who donated the $7 million she received from her divorce »
- Michael Nordine
The film stars Charlize Theron as Dr. Wren Petersen, Javier Bardem as Dr. Miguel Leon, Jean Reno, Adele Exarchopoulos and Jared Harris. Set against the devastating backdrop of war-torn Liberia, Miguel and Wren must find a way to keep their relationship alive in extraordinarily difficult conditions battling their mutual passion for the value of life matched by the intensity of their diametrically opposed opinions on how best to solve the conflict that surrounds them.
The film starts to roll out in cinemas from January 2017. You can watch the first trailer below.
- Paul Heath
Having premiered at Cannes last year to less than stellar reviews, the first trailer for Sean Penn’s next directorial feature The Last Face has arrived online. The film sees Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem as two doctors falling in love in war-torn Liberia. Watch the trailer and check out the synopsis below…
The Last Face centers around a love affair between Dr. Miguel Leon (Academy Award® winner, Javier Bardem), a relief-aid doctor, and Dr. Wren Petersen (Academy Award® winner, Charlize Theron), the director of an international aid organization.
Set against the devastating backdrop of war-torn Liberia, Miguel and Wren must find a way to keep their relationship alive in extraordinarily difficult conditions battling their mutual passion for the value of life matched by the intensity of their diametrically opposed opinions on how best to solve the conflict that surrounds them. »
- Ricky Church
The one movie that got thoroughly kicked around at Cannes this year was Sean Penn‘s latest directorial effort, “The Last Face.” The drama was mostly roundly thrashed by critics (we called it “a preposterous and pretentious mess of a film“) but sometimes all you need to sell a movie are stars, and the film certainly has that with Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem leading the way.
- Kevin Jagernauth
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"I know that I will see you again," Bardem tells Theron after scenes of fiery turmoil and wounded locals. "I will look all over the desert, I will say your name, and I will see your face."
Featuring a script by Erin Dignam, the African war drama stars Theron as the director of an international aid organization who embarks on a love affair with a stubborn and impulsive relief-aid doctor, played by Bardem. However, their mutual passion »
- Ashley Lee
After receiving mediocre reviews at the Cannes Film Festival last May, the first trailer for Sean Penn’s conflict zone romance-drama starring his ex-fiancee Charlize Theron has landed. “The Last Face” focuses on the relationship between Dr. Wren played by Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem’s character Dr. Miguel Leon, two doctors working in war-torn Liberia who […] »
- Sylvia Ogweng
“When I thought of him, I was there in a way I wasn’t when I wasn’t thinking of him,” Theron whispers. “I could remember who I was by remembering him.”
The rest of the footage intercuts the two stars avoiding bullets to save lives, and looking longingly into each other’s eyes against the backdrop of Cape Town, where the project was filmed.
Directed by Sean Penn, the film centers on two physicians who have dedicated their lives to helping impoverished people in war-torn parts of the world.
The film was heavily criticized when it screened at the Cannes film festival in May. Some called it the worst movie at the festival while others joked that it may explain the demise »
- Seth Kelley
With the end of the year approaching, Hollywood's A-list stars are rolling out their latest projects, among them Sean Penn's The Last Face. The Oscar winner stepped behind the camera for the fifth time to direct the star-studded drama featuring his ex, Oscar winner Charlize Theron, in the leading role as Wren, a director of an international aid agency. The stars famously dated during filming in 2014, but split the following year. However, as is highlighted in the film's first trailer, The Last Face focuses on a different romance between Theron's character and a relief surgeon named Miguel, portrayed by Javier Bardem. The two meet in war-torn West Africa during »
In the film, which Penn directed, Theron stars as a relief worker in war-torn Liberia, as she struggles to fight for her romance with a relief-aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amid a backdrop of escalating violence and turmoil.
As the bloodshed reaches a fever pitch, the two must decide how to best help those caught in the crossfire, while mapping out the course of their own relationship.
The Last Face is »
Sean Penn has a pretty good record as a director, with films such as The Indian Runner and Into the Wild under his belt. However, he seems to have seriously blotted his copybook with his fifth feature, the war romance The Last Face, which attracted derisive reviews when it premiered at Cannes in May. Now the first trailer is out, the wider public can begin to make their own judgments on it.
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“The Last Face” premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was ripped to shreds on social media, as well as received some of the worst reviews from critics. The film follows the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) who falls in love with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst war-torn Africa. Ahead of its international release, the first trailer for the drama has made its way online.
The sneak peek shows how the two lovers, despite their shared belief about the danger of civil unrest, find that they hold opposing views on how to best solve the conflict. Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jean Reno and Jared Harris co-star.
In his D review, IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn wrote, “Even without its mopey, painfully on-the-nose dialogue and ponderous story, ‘The Last Face »
- Liz Calvario
Returning to feature filmmaking for the first time in nearly a decade, Sean Penn‘s The Last Face, which stars Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jean Reno, premiered in competition at Cannes Film Festival this spring, and let’s just say it didn’t go over very well. The worst film we saw at the festival, it follows Theron as the director of an international aid agency in Africa, who meets a relief aid doctor (Bardem) during a political/social revolution. The brave folks at Saban Films picked it up for a U.S. release for a spring 2017 release, but first it’ll arrive in some international territories, so we now have the debut trailer.
We said in our review, “The nonsense really is rampant throughout, but the writing is on the wall (quite literally) from the opening introductory paragraph. This atrocious bit of text obliquely and quite »
- Jordan Raup
Anthony Harvey’s multiple-Oscar-winning “The Lion in Winter,” his lauded adaptation of the play by James Goldman, is coming back to the big screen, thanks to a carefully crafted 4K restoration from Studiocanal and Rialto Pictures.
The dazzling historical drama stars Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn as King Henry II and his Eleanor of Aquitaine, a royal couple on the cusp of bloody ruin and rebellion. The film also boasts the screen debuts of both Anthony Hopkins (as Richard) and Timothy Dalton (as King Philip of France), with stellar turns from John Castle (as Geoffrey) and Nigel Terry (as John) to round out one of the most impressively casted features in Hollywood history.
“The Lion in Winter” is appropriately set during Christmastime — and you thought your family gatherings were messy — and follows the royal »
- Kate Erbland
The fantastic Ruth Negga from "Loving" is being honored (deservingly I might add), at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival! I sat down with the actress for "Loving," take a look at my interview:
And here's why you have to see "Loving":
Here's the full press release from the Palm Springs International Film Festival:
Palm Springs, CA (November 16, 2016) . The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Ruth Negga with the Rising Star Award at its annualRuth NeggaFilm Awards Gala for her performance in Loving. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-16.
.Ruth Negga.s performance as Mildred Loving is one of the year.s most luminous and striking portrayals,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This timeless love story about an interracial couple reminds us of the unstoppable power »
Casey Affleck is being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival for his fantastic performance in Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea!" I sat down with Affleck and his co-star, Michelle Williams, for the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. Take a look at my interview:
And here's the full press release from the Palm Springs International Film Festival:
Palm Springs, CA (November 11, 2016) . The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Casey Affleck with the Desert Palm Achievement Casey AffleckAward, Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in Manchester By the Sea. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Film AwardsGala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-16.
Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” trilogy of fantasy novels has received warm reviews, sold many copies and, as of last year, made its way to television. Season two of the Syfy drama is set to premiere early next year, and the network has just released a new preview. Watch it below.
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Like a stateside “Harry Potter” for 20-somethings, “The Magician” follows grad student Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) as he enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy and learns that there are dark forces in league against him and all other upstanding magical citizens. This preview for the second season combines new footage with behind-the-scenes interviews from the main cast.
- Michael Nordine
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