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Rooney Mara surprised many by taking home the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as many thought her co-star Cate Blanchett would take it -- or the two would share. Whether we like it or not, the moment marked the beginning of Mara's campaign for a second Oscar nomination (and potential win) for Todd Haynes' "Carol." It was just a matter of whether The Weinstein Company would campaign them both in lead, or place one of them in supporting. It seems at this point Harvey and company have opted for the latter, with Blanchett in lead and Mara in supporting. The same question was asked of Alicia Vinkander, who got raves for her performance opposite Eddie Redmayne in "The Danish Girl." It's a similar situation to last year when Felicity Jones played Redmayne's wife in "The Theory of Everything." In both cases, it is a co-lead situation. Jones opted to campaign in lead, »
- Peter Knegt
It's only October, but there's definitely something already refreshing about this race versus its lead male counterpart: So far, there's considerably more contenders. Saorise Ronan, Lily Tomlin and Blythe Danner came out of Sundance with rave reviews for "Brooklyn," "Grandma" and "I'll See You In My Dreams," respectively. A month later, Charlotte Rampling did the same for "45 Years" in Berlin. Then came Cannes, where previous winners here Cate Blanchett ("Carol") and Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") have us extraordinarily powerful performances. And now the trifecta of Toronto, Telluride and Venice has offered up Brie Larson, Carey Mulligan and Cate Blanchett (again) for "Room," "Suffragette" and "Truth," respectively That's already nine very worthy performances vying for one of 5 slots. And we still haven't seen what Jennifer Lawrence has to offer in David O. Russell's "Joy." »
- Peter Knegt
The BFI London Film Festival opens Oct. 7 with “Suffragette,” the story of the Brit women who fought for equal rights to vote a century ago. It is clear, though, that when it comes to gender equality in the filmed entertainment industry, much is still to be achieved.
On Oct. 8, the festival hosts the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media’s Global Symposium, which will look at gender equality in the movie biz and the portrayal of women in film. “We were keen to amplify the focus that having ‘Suffragette’ as an opening night film enabled us to do over the broader issues to do with women in front of and behind the camera,” says festival director Clare Stewart. “The symposium enables us to cast a strong light on considerations around the roles and representation of women and girls in film.”
Films fail to reflect the world around us, says Davis, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Spiritual Prudence Sitting on a bench in the garden of my house I stared at the infinite blue sky over my head. Hawks flew over me so high that sometimes I barely could see them—discounting the fact that I need to change my glasses prescription. Sometimes I could see their wings; sometimes I could see nothing but a small black point in the blue sky. Massive white clouds appeared. They had no shadow for the sun hit them with its light frontally; because of that, they appeared infinite cotton balls, immaculately white, like they were drawn by a child.This prosaic and innocent sight remind me of the feelings that I experienced when I watched Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. Many filmmakers have shot the sky and the clouds. Many filmmakers have shot birds such as hawks and eagles flying rapidly over the earth (and one of them was »
- Victor Bruno
The Austin Film Festival (Aff) has announced its lineup for 2015, which features standout awards contenders like “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “Legend” as particular draws. The latter Tom Hardy vehicle is slated as the festival’s Oct. 29 opening feature. Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper and writer-director John Singleton will also be presented with the festival’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, Oct. 31. Cooper has over 50 film and television credits to his name, among them “August: Osage County,” “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Adaptation,” for which he won the 2002 Oscar for best supporting actor. He will be in attendance for the festival’s “Heart of Film” screening of “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he portrays author J.D. Salinger. As a veteran filmmaker, Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood” and “Shaft,” among others. »
The Hawaii International Film Festival has set Korea’s Oscar entry “The Throne” as its opening night film on Nov. 12 for its 35th anniversary, Variety has learned exclusively.
“The Throne,” a period drama directed by Lee Joo-ick, tells the brutal tale of a prince who was deemed unfit to rule and locked in a rice chest by his father. It stars Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in.
Romance-drama “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, has been selected as the festival’s Centerpiece movie and will screen on Nov. 18. Mara tied for the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. Weinstein Co. will open the film on Nov. 20.
The festival closes Nov. 22 with the U.S. premiere of Mabel Cheung’s romance-drama “A Tale of Three Cities,” based on the love story of Jackie Chan’s parents. Lau Ching-wan and Tang Wei play the ill-fated lovers who meet just before »
- Dave McNary
The Oscar race for Best Actress is shaping up as a battle between two-time champ Cate Blanchett ("Carol") and newcomer Brie Larson ("Room") according to the predictions of our experts from Yahoo, Variety, Rollling Stone, IMDb and other top media. See the individual predictions of all 18 Oscar Experts here. Currently, 8 out of 18 Oscarologists making predictions at Gold Derby are backing Blanchett for her performance as a closeted lesbian in Todd Haynes' period drama. That support translates into odds of 3/1 for this Aussie import to win her third Oscar in 11 years. "Blanchett is the new Meryl Streep (who was the new Katharine Hepburn)," says veteran Hollywood journalist Jack Mathews. "She seems to be getting her pick of the best roles and she always finds ways into her characters to make them originals." Six experts are betting on Larson for her breakout role as a kidnap victim in Lenny Abrahamson's thr. »
On 25th September, 193 World Leaders unveiled the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development at the Un General Assembly. If met, we can eradicate global poverty, remove inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.
The Global Goals campaign has set out on a mission to reach 7 billion people in 7 days from the day the Goals are launched (26th Sept – 2nd Oct) using a number of ways. The Global Goals Campaign has hence launched “We the People” – a crowdsourced film where everyone is invited to join the world’s biggest cast and star alongside some of the world’s biggest names. The film was unveiled on the Google homepage on the 25th September.
From India, A R Rahman, Jacqueline Fernandez, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Kapoor, and Hrithik Roshan contributed and crowdsourced footage for We the People. Other artists and activists include Ashton Kutcher, Bill and Melinda Gates, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lawrence, »
- Press Releases
With the 53rd New York Film Festival well under way, many east coast Academy members are enjoying films that hope to earn some attention at this year’s awards. The widely-held public assumption, however, is that the majority of Academy voters reside on the west coast.
Possibly as a result of this belief, many Oscar contenders are set in and around Hollywood. Best picture winners Argo, The Artist, and Crash are recent examples with major plotlines revolving around Los Angeles.
Yet, this year, there are serious Oscar hopefuls set in other major American cities. Could this shift in locale be disastrous with the largely west coast-based Academy?
Five films this season that are receiving major Oscar buzz for their performances and direction are set in New York City.
Brooklyn, the 1950’s-set romantic drama, premiered earlier this year at Sundance and received a very warm welcome »
- Patrick Shanley
Truth is about to hit theaters (October 16), and it seems both surprising and curiously ironic that it isn’t getting a bigger marketing push. Anything with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett demands a serious effort to get people into seats, and if you then add Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid, you have to wonder why you haven’t been hearing about this one almost non-stop for months.
Then you realize it’s a movie about Dan Rather and the news story about the President’s alleged Awol status during Vietnam, and it dawns on you that you’re probably going to this, or not, no matter who they cast and/or how much marketing they throw at you.
- Marc Eastman
On the occasion of the screening of his latest film "Carol," starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes was invited by the Zurich Film Festival to participate in a masterclass. Since his directorial feature debut, the science fiction drama "Poison," garnered the main award at Sundance in 1991, Haynes has earned more than 46 international awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Cannes for his glam rock homage "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), the Special Jury Prize at the Mostra in Venice for his Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There" and an Academy Award nomination for "Far from Heaven" (2002). Read More: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services During the discussion at the Zurich Film Festival, he answered questions about his varied and illustrious career as well as about "Carol," which is widely considered to be an awards contender. Here are some of the highlights: 1. »
- James Berclaz-Lewis
While there are still five months to go until the Oscars are handed out, it's Todd Haynes' "Carol" that many have in the pole position right now for major nominations. Nods for the film's leads Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (the latter of whom already won award for her work in Cannes), for the adapted screenplay for Phyllis Nagy, for Best Director for Haynes, and for Best Picture overall are certainly in play. The movie still has yet to be released for the general public, but it's well on its way. Read More: Cannes Review: 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara The Weinstein Company are in full promotional mode, which now includes Haynes sitting down for a one hour plus conversation with Noah Cowan, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society. It's a wide ranging discussion, so if you're a fan of the director, you'll want »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Aaron Sorkin, the man behind The Newsroom and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, was reported to be developing a script for a Lucille Ball biopic. The news was revealed earlier this month and Cate Blanchett of Carol and Truth was linked to the title role. However, it seems as though these reports jumped the gun a bit. Cinema Blend caught up with Sorkin during the press junket for Steve Jobs, and he said that he isn.t officially attached to the project. When asked about the project and which portions of the actress. life appealed to him, he said, The press kinda jumped the gun on the Lucy and Desi story. I.m not sure yet that I'm doing it. I hope I do it. I think there.s a fantastic story there, and if I do it, I'll start doing research and I'll be able to answer your question. »
New festival director criticizes “myopic” battle for premieres and reveals London Film Festival “alliance”.
In its tenth year the once again reinvented Rome Film Festival (October 16-24) will host a streamlined but crowd-pleasing combination of autumn festival titles and potential discoveries.
Among national debuts are Lenny Abrahamson’s well-received Room, James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Pal Nalin’s female buddy movie Angry Indian Goddesses and Paul Thomas Anderson’s recently announced music documentary Junun, about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s travels to India.
UK documentary The Confessions Of Thomas Quick and Chinese box office giant Monster Hunt will also be among the 37 films, documentaries and TV series from 24 countries announced today in the official selection.
The semi-autonomous Alice Nella Citta strand will showcase titles including Deniz Gamze Erguven »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Written for the screen by Phyllis Nagy
Directed by Todd Haynes
It begins and ends with a look. In that look is hesitance, longing, desire, confusion, confidence, conviction, hope. Even love. On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, writer and critic Glenn Weldon described real chemistry between actors living in the look, elaborating on the attraction manifesting in the movement of the eyes. They dart around the person’s face, looking for flaws. And when none can be found, the gaze that is exchanged can be penetrating. Director Todd Haynes revels in the minutest of movements, looks, touches, and gazes in is new film Carol, a triumph of subtlety and seductive emotion.
Looking across the toy section in the department store where she works, young Therese (Rooney Mara) finds herself instantly intrigued by and infatuated with older woman Carol (Cate Blanchett). After the two make a small flirtatious »
- Kyle Turner
Patricia Highsmith is far from a romance novelist - she's so widely adapted in cinema because of her knack for creating psychologically treacherous worlds in which nobody can be trusted. Her 1952 novel Carol, first published under a pseudonym, is an aberration.
It's an aching and heartfelt and ultimately optimistic love story, and Todd Haynes's sumptuous adaptation is a triumph, cherishing every unspoken moment of its forbidden romance.
Therese (Rooney Mara) is a solitary shopgirl in 1940s Manhattan, unfulfilled by her prospects, yearning for something more she can't define. Blazing like a torch in the gloom comes Cate Blanchett's Carol, a glamorous older socialite on the brink of an ugly divorce, who casually upends Therese's world.
"What a strange girl you are. Flung out of space," Carol tells Therese on their first lunch date, and it's an apt description honoured by Mara, who plays both alienation and awakening with rich subtlety. »
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of its 10th edition comprising a rich mix of crowdpleasing and more esoteric fare, including local launches of James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” Michael Almereyda’s “The Experimenter,” Peter Sollett’s “Freehold,” Lenny Abrahamsson’s “Room,” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s docu “Junun” (pictured) about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s travels to India.
Under new direction by New York-based Italian journalist and academic Antonio Monda, the Rome fest has been renamed Festa del Cinema – which translates literally as “Film Party” rather than festival. The only award is given by the audience.
Monda said he decided to do away with the competition, the juries, and the opening and closing ceremonies “all rituals that I view as too stuffy and conventional, inappropriate to what I had in mind.” He instead kept the audience nod “to underscore the idea of a »
- Nick Vivarelli
It’s hard to pull your eyes away from Cate Blanchett, who returns to the silver screen in Todd Haynes’ dazzling Carol. The film screened at this year's New York Film Festival and tells of two women who fall in love at a time when doing so was detrimental. As the awards season continues to take shape, Blanchett’s performance is deserving of all the recognition that's likely coming for her her and the film. The subdued color palette paints the 1950s backdrop, and Blanchett sashays through its texture in luscious reds, greens, and pinks. Therese (Rooney Mara), a department store worker, is instantly enthralled by her presence when she walks in to her store looking for a present for her daughter. The significantly younger Therese realizes more and more that she does not prefer the company of her male suitor (Jake Lacy), while Carol »
A story that could have built a career ends up destroying two in the debut trailer for newsroom drama Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. “Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer […]
Read The Story Behind the Story in Truth on Filmonic.
Presented by HBO and in partnership with Outfest, the 27th annual NewFest will present almost 100 Lgbt films Oct. 22–27. Among the highlights are festival centerpiece “Carol,” the Todd Haynes–directed lesbian drama starring award season frontrunners Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Kicking off the festivities will be the opening night feature “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” a depiction of Russian director Sergei Eisenstein’s gay coming-of-age journey to Mexico in the 1930s. The film has been hailed as a masterpiece and highlight of director Peter Greenaway’s career. Closing the festival will be Alexandra-Therese Keining’s stylish “Girls Lost,” a thrilling exploration of sexuality and identity that spans the Lgbt spectrum. “Our world is almost impossibly diverse,” said NewFest programmer Adam Baran, in a statement. “As a film festival, it is our duty to showcase that world as best we can. From people of color to youth films to more films by and about women, »
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