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The frontrunners in this year’s Oscar actor races look to be made up of a lot of first-time nominees. Patricia Arquette is sitting pretty at the top of most pundits’ lists for supporting actress for “Boyhood” and J.K. Simmons is most people’s pick for supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The competitive best actor race is shaping up to be made up of almost entirely first-time nominees.
It’s only the best actress race where the veterans are thriving, from frontrunner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” (a four-time nominee) to the likes of Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard and frequent nominees Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain. Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones are the only newcomers circling the field.
Moore is currently considered the one to beat, and not just because her performance as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice” is stunning work—she »
- Jenelle Riley
Writer-director Ruth Borgobello is casting her debut feature, a cross-cultural romantic drama set in northern Italy.
Remarkably, The Space Between will be the first official co-production between Italy and Australia since the two countries signed a treaty in 1996.
.We.ve worked really hard to develop this relationship and have created a very strong network here that we hope to carry into further projects,. the Melbourne-based Borgobello told If via email from Italy, where she is scouting locations.
Flavio Parenti (To Rome with Love, I am Love ) will play the lead, Marco, a 35-year-old who has a dispiriting job at a factory in Udine despite his skill as a chef, amid the deepening economic crisis in Italy.
Eschewing real love, he passes his time in an empty relationship. After his best friend Claudio is killed in a car accident, he tries to keep Claudio.s struggling bookshop business alive. Then he encounters Olivia, »
- Don Groves
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films … in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody’s films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is Scoop and To Rome with Love…
Simon Columb on Scoop…
Magic, death and murder are often found in Woody Allen films. Scoop is no different, as Joe Stromble (Ian McShane), from beyond the grave, appears to reporter Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) in the middle of a magician’s (Woody Allen) show. He gives her the ‘scoop’ of a lifetime, revealing the tarot-card killer as upper-class businessman Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). Pretending to play Father and daughter in many scenes, Scarlett Johansson is channelling her inner Woody Allen while acting with him. This means Scoop includes two neurotic, »
- Gary Collinson
Paris– Australia’s Sbs, the U.K.’s Sky and TV5 Canada have come on board “Hedonist” (working title), Gerard Depardieu’s documentary series.
Sold by Christophe Bochnacki’s Paris-based Balanga, “Hedonist” is produced by Les Films d’Ici, the well-established company behind “Waltz With Bashir” and “Cathedrals of Culture.”
Balanga is in talks to close Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, Swizterland and the U.S. and expects to ink deals at Mipcom.
The 10-episode documentary series, commissioned by France’s Arte and Canal Plus, will be hosted by Depardieu. The actor will travel across European regions – including Tuscany, Sicilia, Bavaria, Brittany, Scotland, the Basque country and Andalucia — to explore their culinary specialities and history. In each episode, Depardieu will team up with Laurent Audiot, the chef of his Paris restaurant La Fontaine de Gaillon, and will invite one of his celebrity friends, notably Catherine Deneuve, Roberto Benigni and Philip Kerr, »
- Elsa Keslassy
While many consider Groundhog Day to be an annual celebration to the hilarious and distinguished career of Bill Murray, the Toronto International Film Festival officially declared September 5th as "Bill Murray Day," and the fest and its attendees paid tribute to the comedian with a retrospective of his work (including screenings of Ghostbusters and Stripes), a Q&A session, and the world premiere of Murray's latest film St. Vincent with Melissa McCarthy.
A sudden burst of heavy rain attempted to mar "Bill Murray Day" in the Canadian city as hundreds of fans became soaked, »
When we left things, "Big Brother" had misgauged the attention-paying skills of this season's hamsters and 12 questions weren't enough to crown a Head of Household. That means that Sunday's (August 3) episode is going to feature an HoH, nominations and Battle of the Block in one tight hour, right? Follow along... 8:08 p.m. We pick up with a tiebreaker that crowns Nicole and Donny as the new Heads of Household. "Remember how stressed out I was last time I was Head of Household?" Nicole says. Not especially. Honestly, I only remember Nicole in an assortment of funny costumes. We've established that's what Nicole is best at in the game and possibly in the world: Wearing humiliation costumes. On the other hand, Donny observes, "I'm tickled pink that I won Head of Household today." Zach pretends to be pissed off, making a big show of pretending his math was the problem, »
- Daniel Fienberg
For Toronto moviegoers currently suffering from summer blockbuster fatigue, the Tiff Bell Lightbox is offering just the solution with "Strange Paradise: The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch," the first comprehensive retrospective of the cult director's films in Canada.
Presented by Tiff Cinematheque and programmed by Brad Deane, the series runs from July 24 to August 16, covering the indie icon's entire career. All 12 of Jarmusch's films are being brought back to the big screen, from his Nyu film studies Master's thesis "Permanent Vacation" and breakout Cannes Film Festival darling "Stranger Than Paradise" to his most recent offering "Only Lovers Left Alive," for anyone who missed the quirky vampire love story during last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
An acclaimed art house auteur minus any of the off-putting pretension -- case in point: just watch the near-prison riot started by Roberto Benigni chanting "We all scream for ice cream" in "Down By Law" -- »
- Rick Mele
Woody Allen steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to join a typically starry cast in this quattro formaggi platter of love and laughs, made in the Eternal City. Allen is the opera director who is crazily inspired after meeting the gifted father of his daughter's Italian fiance, while visiting architect Alec Baldwin guides student Jesse Eisenberg through a tricky romantic situation. Elsewhere, Penelope Cruz's call girl puts a newlywed in a compromising position and local nobody Roberto Benigni suddenly finds himself a national media star. »
Two sisters — one newly smitten with a handsome Italian, the other quietly hung up on a past holiday fling — realize they have their hearts set on the same guy in “Walking on Sunshine,” a high-energy jukebox musical from “StreetDance” directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini that’s as shamelessly unoriginal as it is guiltlessly entertaining. But why shouldn’t a pic whose soundtrack consists entirely of ’80s pop hits be allowed to recycle tricks that have worked for everyone from Jane Austen to Abba? Featuring British chantoosie Leona Lewis’ bubble-gum acting debut, “Sunshine” (which opens Friday in the U.K.) should brighten up the Euro box office this summer.
How many times have you heard such catchy ’80s chart-toppers as Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” and the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” but have you ever really listened to the lyrics? As vapid and overproduced as much of the decade’s music undoubtedly was, »
- Peter Debruge
In one brief second, at the very end of Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, the reason for this film’s misgivings becomes brutally apparent, as Frankie Valli, the subject of this musical biopic, pops up in the credits as executive producer. This is exactly where this film suffers, as rather than be a candid exploration of this man’s life, instead comes his own version of events, which, predictably, seems somewhat emotionally detached, deviating away from, and glossing over the more honest, intimate moments of this quite incredible tale.
Frankie is played by John Lloyd Young, an ambitious singer, who dreams of success with his bandmates Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda). Despite the abundance of talent – most notably in the frontman’s distinctive voice – they are lacking hit singles, but that all changes when Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) joins the group. As the boys rise to instant success, »
- Stefan Pape
Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.
On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »
- Scott Foundas
Loners and outcasts have no greater cinematic patron saint than Jim Jarmusch, the fiercely independent writer-director who's spent over three decades chronicling urban fringe-dwellers, road trippers, rockabilly tourists, Zen hitmen and, now, vampires. The 60-year-old filmmaker's latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, centers on a centuries-old couple (played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) who like their Type O served neat, though its a far cry from the recent wave of vampire chic; it's really a languorous romance in which two lovers struggle with immortality-engendered ennui. It may be Jarmusch's first foray into horror films, »
Fast & Furious 7: Production on Fast & Furious 7, which was put on hold after Paul Walker died in an auto accident in November, has resumed. Director James Wan shared a photo to mark the occasion, captioned: "First day back filming. Better and stronger." The movie is scheduled for release on April 10, 2015. [EW.com] The Pink Panther: The year 1963's The Pink Panther introduced two memorable characters: the titular animated big cat and the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers. The movie spawned multiple sequels, TV shows and reboots with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Now a live-action/animated hybrid version is under development, with animation veteran David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct an...
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Fast & Furious 7: Production on Fast & Furious 7, which was put on hold after Paul Walker died in an auto accident in November, has resumed. Director James Wan shared a photo to mark the occasion, captioned: "First day back filming. Better and stronger." The movie is scheduled for release on April 10, 2015. [EW.com] The Pink Panther: The year 1963's The Pink Panther introduced two memorable characters: the titular animated big cat and the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers. The movie spawned multiple sequels, TV shows and reboots with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Now a live-action/animated hybrid version is under development, with animation veteran David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct an "international...
- Peter Martin
News Simon Brew 1 Apr 2014 - 06:31
The adventures of The Pink Panther are returning to the big screen - albeit in part-animated form...
When it comes to the big screen, think The Pink Panther, and you're either left with the wonderful collection of Peter Sellers-headlined originals, or the not-so-wonderful pair of Steve Martin movies that eventually followed. Sandwiched in-between is Son Of The Pink Panther, which starred Roberto Benigni, who would go on to win a Best Actor Oscar for Life Is Beautiful. The signs were not clear that he would when watching the aforementioned movie.
Now, plans are afoot for a new Pink Panther film, but this time, the emphasis will be on the cartoon character, rather than trying to resurrect Inspector Clouseau again. It'll be a mix of live action and animation, with MGM hiring David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters Inc) to direct.
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The Pink Panther is coming (back) to the big screen.
MGM announced Monday it planned to reboot the franchise in a live-action/animation hybrid, focusing on the rosy-colored cat who soft-shoed his way through the intros to most of the films, rather than on the aloof Inspector Clouseau. They’ve tapped The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman to helm the project.
Based on Friz Freleng and David De Patie’s cartoons, the Pink Panther’s 11-feature film cinematic history has spanned five decades — made iconic by the collaboration between director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers, who portrayed Clouseau. MGM »
- Lindsey Bahr
MGM got a lot of mileage out of Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” series. Five films with Peter Sellers (including a 6th after his death with unused footage and stand-ins to help complete it), one with Alan Arkin, two one-offs with Roger Moore and Roberto Benigni and a rebooted series in the aughts with Steve Martin. Adjusted for inflation, the movies made a collected $875 million worldwide. But what about the signature cartoon Pink Panther himself? It was a cartoon in the ‘70s, but not fully exploited on the big screen. Hmmm… we smell a new franchise. Hybrid animation, live-action is all the rage these days (though “The Smurfs 3” is apparently just going back to straight animation) and MGM announced today that a hybrid animation/live-action version of “The Pink Panther” is in the works and this new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau. The »
- Edward Davis
This pic will not focus the famous Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by Peter Sellers and later by Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin, but rather on the animated panther that appeared in the opening credits and eventually had its own animated show.
Next to James Bond, “The Pink Panther” movie franchise is one of the longest-running series, with 11 films spanning five decades. The films have won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy for the Henry Mancini theme.
Longtime “Simpsons” director-producer Silverman is repped »
- Justin Kroll
The Italian capital has bestowed honorary citizenship on film director Paolo Sorrentino after The Great Beauty – in which Rome is used as a huge, mesmerising film set – triumphed at the Oscars.
Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino said Sorrentino – originally from Naples – deserved the honour for "making Rome and the whole country proud".
He said: "Sorrentino was not born in Rome but he has spoken of it with the love of one who was born and brought up in this city and for this we are grateful."
Some critics have argued that it has been as successful at summing up the spirit of the era »
- Lizzy Davies
Rome (AP) — Italy celebrated Monday after "The Great Beauty" ended the country's 15-year hiatus and won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. But even the film's muse lamented the fallen Rome it portrays and critics including the Vatican said it was just a cheap Fellini knockoff. Paolo Sorrentino's homage to Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and Rome's seductive decadence has divided Italians, with many critics uncomfortable with its indirect reflection of Italy's political and economic stagnation. But after Sorrentino cemented Italy's place as the country with the most foreign-language Oscars, everyone from the president on down hailed the film as a win for a country struggling through its own existential malaise. "At this time we have to be thinking about other things, and we're doing so," Premier Matteo Renzi tweeted. "But everyone is part of this Italian moment of pride for Sorrentino and 'The Great Beauty.'" The film »
- Nicole Winfield (AP)
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