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Bille August to head Beijing festival jury

8 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Danish filmmaker to preside over Tiantan competition; festival line-up includes Moonlight, On Body And Soul.

Danish filmmaker Bille August will head the jury for the Tiantan competition at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff, April 16-23).

August is currently in post-production on China-set drama The Chinese Widow, starring Emile Hirsch and Yu Nan in the story of an American pilot saved by Chinese villagers during the Second World War.

He has also opened a studio in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and serves as a “culture consultant” for the city. Bjiff will screen a retrospective of his films.

The Tiantan competition section will screen 15 films in total, which have yet to be announced. The festival will also screen retrospectives of the work of David Lynch, late Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni and Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang.

Other films to screen at the festival include multiple Oscar winner Moonlight; Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Cannes: New Films From Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola Expected; Will Brad Pitt Return to the Croisette?

18 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” with Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” with Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning are strongly tipped to world premiere as official selections of the 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival.

Although Netflix has acquired films from Cannes in the past (including 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines”), “Okja” could be the first project produced by the company to bow in Cannes. “Okja” also attracted the support of Brad Pitt’s Plan B as a producer. Korean stylist Joon-ho’s film “Mother” premiered in Cannes in 2009.

In terms of pedigree and timing, “The Beguiled” couldn’t be better situated. Coppola is a Cannes vet after premiering “The Bling Ring” in 2013 and “Marie Antoinette” in 2006, and Focus plans to release the Civil War-set film June 23 in the U.S. A re-adaptation of Thomas Cullen »

- Elsa Keslassy and Peter Debruge

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Bellucci in Cannes spotlight by Richard Mowe - 2017-03-21 17:30:43

21 March 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Monica Bellucci: a frequent visitor over the years at the Cannes Film Festival will host the opening and closing ceremonies. Photo: UniFrance

The figure in the spotlight as master of ceremonies at the opening and closing ceremonies of this year’s 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which beam out live worldwide, will be Italian actress Monica Bellucci, the organisers have announced.

Bellucci, a frequent visitor to the Festival either on her own or with her ex-partner Vincent Cassel with whom she co-starred in Gaspard Noé’s controversial Irréversible in 2002, has carved out her career with many prestigious French and Italian directors as well as in the international arena. She appeared in Cannes for the first time with Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Stephen HopkinsUnder Suspicion in 2000.

She has had previous form in taking on the dual role in Cannes, presiding over the opening and closings »

- Richard Mowe

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Cristian Mungiu to preside over Cannes Cinéfondation jury

21 March 2017 5:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Monica Belluci named master of ceremonies.

For the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May), Cristian Mungiu will preside over the Cinéfondation and short film jury.

The Romanian new wave director has strong ties with the festival having won the Palme d’Or for his second feature film, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, the best screenplay and best actress prizes for Beyond the Hills and the best director prize for Graduation.

The director was a member of Steven Spielberg’s jury in 2013.

The Cinéfondation and short films jury award prizes to films submitted by film schools to the Cinéfondation selection, as well as the short film Palme d’Or.

“Value and originality have never achieved easy recognition in the cinema,” said Mungiu. “And it’s even harder to recognise the value and originality of very young directors. But the Cinéfondation is known for having succeeded in doing just that to great effect.

“The Cinéfondation »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cristian Mungiu to Preside Over Cinefondation, Short Film Jury at Cannes; Monica Bellucci Set to Host

21 March 2017 5:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Romanian director, screenwriter and producer Cristian Mungiu has been tapped to preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, following in the footsteps of Naomi Kawase, Abderrahmane Sissako, Abbas Kiarostami and Jane Campion.

Meanwhile, Italian actress Monica Bellucci will succeed French actor Laurent Lafitte as host of the opening and closing ceremonies of this year’s festival, the event’s 70th edition.

Mungiu, who won last year’s Cannes director prize for his film “The Graduation” (pictured above), served on Steven Spielberg’s competition jury in 2013.

A Cannes favorite, Mungiu won the Palme d’Or with his sophomore outing “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.” His “Beyond the Hill” went on to garner screenplay and actress prizes.

Cristian Mungiu is a glorious member of that Romanian school showcased by Thierry Frémaux in the 2000s,” said Gilles Jacob, president of Cinéfondation. “Just to look at the intelligence »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cinema Paradiso

14 March 2017 10:40 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to the Italian love of movies was a major hit here in 1990, despite being severely cut by Miramax. In 2002 the director reworked his long version into an almost three-hour sentimental epic that enlarges the film’s scope and deepens its sentiments.

Cinema Paradiso

Region B Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / Special Edition / 174, 155, 124 min. /

Nuovo cinema Paradiso / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano, Brigitte Fossey, Pupella Maggio, Leopoldo Trieste

Cinematography: Blasco Giurato

Production Designer: Andrea Crisanti

Film Editor: Mario Morra

Original Music: Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Produced by Mino Barbera, Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli

Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

 

Your average foreign import movie, it seems, makes a brief splash around Oscar time and then disappears as if down a rabbit hole. A few years back I saw a fantastic Argentine movie called The Secret in Their Eyes. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Miami International Film Festival Announces 2017 Winners

11 March 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Miami International Film Festival announced the winners of its 34th edition on Saturday. Cristian Jimenez and Alicia Scherson’s “Family Life” took the Knight Competition grand jury prize and Nely Reguera’s “Maria (And Everybody Else)” won the HBO Ibero-American feature film prize.

The 2017 festival took place from March 3 through 12, and is the only major film festival to be produced by a college or university.

View the complete list of winners below:

Knight Competition:

Best Film Grand Prize: “Family Life (Vide de Familia)” directed by Cristian Jimenez and Alicia Scherson

Best Director: Daniel Hendler for “The Candidate”

Best Performance: Lola Amores and Eduardo Martinez for “Santa & Andres”

(Jury: Michel Franco, Bahia Ramos and Grainne Humphreys)

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Competition:

Best Film: “Maria (And Everybody Else)” directed by Nely Reguera

(Jury: Héctor Medina, Leslie Cohen, Shrihari Sathe)

Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition:

Best Screenplay: Tomas Alzamora for “Little White Lie »

- Variety Staff

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Laura Dern Calls the ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival ‘Fiery and Deep, Poignant and Hilarious’

5 March 2017 12:58 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Laura Dern can’t tell us what happens in the “Twin Peaks” revival or even who she plays, but she’s enthusiastic about the return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s iconic TV series all the same. “People have to tune in, because I am just so excited about it,” the actress told Vanity Fair during the premiere of “Big Little Lies” earlier this week.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: ‘Body’ Teaser Trailer Inspires Two Laura Palmer Conspiracy Theories — Watch

“It’s brave and fiery and deep, poignant and hilarious,” added the two-time Academy Award nominee, who previously collaborated with Lynch on “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart” and “Inland Empire.” This long-awaited third season marks Dern’s “Twin Peaks” debut, however; she’s one of many new additions to the sprawling ensemble cast, which also includes Monica Bellucci, Michael Cera, Jeremy Davies, Sky Ferreira, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, »

- Michael Nordine

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Laura Dern Calls the ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival ‘Fiery and Deep, Poignant and Hilarious’

5 March 2017 12:58 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Laura Dern can’t tell us what happens in the “Twin Peaks” revival or even who she plays, but she’s enthusiastic about the return of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s iconic TV series all the same. “People have to tune in, because I am just so excited about it,” the actress told Vanity Fair during the premiere of “Big Little Lies” earlier this week.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: ‘Body’ Teaser Trailer Inspires Two Laura Palmer Conspiracy Theories — Watch

“It’s brave and fiery and deep, poignant and hilarious,” added the two-time Academy Award nominee, who previously collaborated with Lynch on “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart” and “Inland Empire.” This long-awaited third season marks Dern’s “Twin Peaks” debut, however; she’s one of many new additions to the sprawling ensemble cast, which also includes Monica Bellucci, Michael Cera, Jeremy Davies, Sky Ferreira, Robert Forster, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, »

- Michael Nordine

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Daniel Craig Cuddles With Adorable Puppies in New Promo for Charity Campaign -- Watch!

3 March 2017 6:28 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Daniel Craig and his furry friends are teaming up for charity!

The James Bond actor cuddles with adorable puppies in a new video promoting his collaboration with Omaze, a Culver City, California-based company that raffles off "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" to benefit various charitable organizations.

Watch: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Insane Stunts of 'Spectre'

Craig is giving away a brand new "personally customized" Aston Martin Vantage Gl, to help raise money for the United Nations Mind Action Service, which works with "affected states to reduce the threat and impact of land mines and other explosive hazards" in 18 countries around the world.

"When you have a grand prize of this magnitude, it can be difficult to quantify the value in dollars and cents. So let's break this down to something a bit more universal: puppies," Craig says as a gaggle of precious pups join him on set.

Read: David Oyelowo on Daniel Craig’s Rigor and Why »

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Japan’s Wowow Nabs Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks,’ Two Other Series From CBS

13 February 2017 2:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Lynch’s rebooted “Twin Peaks” will be broadcast in Japan by leading premium pay-tv broadcaster Wowow, part of a three-series, first-broadcast licensing agreement between Wowow and CBS Studios International, announced Monday.

The deal also sees Wowow taking the top new U.S. drama “Bull” and acclaimed murder-mystery series “American Gothic.” All three shows will be aired on the Japanese’s broadcaster’s Prime Channel, which is already home to other Showtime and CBS hits including “The Affair,” “Zoo” and “Elementary.”

It marks a coming home for “Twin Peaks” in Japan. The cult show formed part of Wowow’s original lineup when it launched in 1991.

“For the millions of Wowow subscribers who have been watching the company’s programming since its launch 25 years ago, the new ‘Twin Peaks’ will reignite great memories of the original series that helped audiences identify Wowow as a destination for the highest-quality entertainment, due to its tremendous popularity,” said »

- Robert Mitchell

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The 50 Best Action Movies of the 21st Century Thus Far

7 February 2017 10:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.

With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »

- The Film Stage

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Emir Kusturica Says He Rediscovered the "Universal Language of Cinema, Which Is Now Rarely Used"

17 January 2017 1:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Serbian director Emir Kusturica, a two-time Cannes Palme d'Or winner, on Monday claimed that his latest film On the Milky Road rediscovers "the universal language of cinema, which is now rarely used."

Speaking after a screening of the film at the annual Kustendorf Film Festival that he hosts in a hillside retreat near Belgrade, Kusturica apologized to the audience for their tears.

"Excuse me if you were crying too much," Kusturica said of the film, a love story set during the Yugoslav civil war, in which he stars alongside Monica Bellucci. "It is a piece of art with which nothing can compare, because the »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Inside the Golden Globes 2017 After-Parties

9 January 2017 11:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Room full of stars, they’ve been getting drunk since 3,” host Jimmy Fallon teased in his opening monologue at the 74th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. Though, at that point, the party had only just begun. Once all of the winners were announced, the party-hopping began within and surrounding the Beverly Hilton.

Soon after the telecast ended, celebrities rushed to the onsite bashes from the Weinstein Co. and Netflix to Fox to HBO. The latter network didn’t let the ceremony’s outcome put a damper on its parade; stars from “Westworld” and “Insecure” toasted the night alongside executives and other notable guests.

Variety reporters also made their way to the exclusive fetes with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Take a look at our insider report below:

Eddie Redmayne and Gwendoline Christie at the HBO party. Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

8:20 p.m. Eddie Redmayne congratulates “The Crown »

- Variety Staff

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Inside the Golden Globes 2017 After-Parties

9 January 2017 11:20 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Room full of stars, they’ve been getting drunk since 3,” host Jimmy Fallon teased in his opening monologue at the 74th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. Though, at that point, the party had only just begun. Once all of the winners were announced, the party-hopping began within and surrounding the Beverly Hilton.

Soon after the telecast ended, celebrities rushed to the onsite bashes from the Weinstein Co. and Netflix to Fox to HBO. The latter network didn’t let the ceremony’s outcome put a damper on its parade; stars from “Westworld” and “Insecure” toasted the night alongside executives and other notable guests.

Variety reporters also made their way to the exclusive fetes with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Take a look at our insider report below:

Eddie Redmayne and Gwendoline Christie at the HBO party. Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

8:20 p.m. Eddie Redmayne congratulates “The Crown” star Claire Foy for her win »

- Variety Staff

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