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“Half of these Cate Blanchett movies – they’re all just like these arty things. I’m not saying they’re bad movies, but I don’t think most of them have a shelf life,” he said.
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- Guardian staff
The 42nd Telluride Film Festival is about to get underway in southwest Colorado. A box canyon provides a jaw-dropping setting for a fest jammed packed with premieres, retrospectives and classics over Labor Day weekend. This is my 10th year attending and my 9th year working for the festival. The production team works meticulously in the month before the showings to spring theaters out of the local schools, hockey rink, park, Masonic Temple and library. The intricate decoration and state of the art tech involved in the preparation lead the festival to be lovingly referred to as “Show.”
Telluride is a small and friendly town that provides an intimate arena for intense discussion about film. In recent years, higher profile selections in the program have gone on to Academy award winning renown. These movies have garnered Telluride attention on the film festival circuit but not changed the close-knit community who work »
- Lane Scarberry
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.
We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »
- Scott J. Davis
It’s been a little over three months since America watched Peggy Olson strut sassily down McCann Erickson's hallway, an unlit cigarette hanging from her lips and a painting of a sexually adventurous octopus tucked under her arm. But while we've all spent our summer replaying that singularly Gif-able scene and mourning the loss of Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss has already moved on: Since wrapping the hit AMC series, she's played the titular role in The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway, and has lined up no fewer than seven movies, including »
In a recent interview with Vulture, director Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) spoke on numerous topics, including everything from his previous films to his favorite TV shows, but he also both complimented and criticized It Follows, one of 2015’s best-reviewed horror films. On Wednesday, however, It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell responded to Tarantino’s thoughts on the film.
To start off, Tarantino admitted in the interview that he hasn’t seen too many films this year, but said how he “really liked” It Follows. When asked further about the film, Tarantino responded, “It was the best premise I’ve seen in a horror film in a long, long, long time. It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great.” He continued, “He could have kept his mythology straight. He broke his mythology left, right, and center.”
Tarantino’s comments must have gotten to Mitchell, »
- Justin Cook
Christopher Nolan will discuss the future of film in a special talk at BFI London Festival 2015.
The event kicks off London Film Festival's new Connects series, which will see filmmakers and industry leaders discuss the issues facing film, such as film preservation for future generations.
In particular, Nolan and Dean will focus on the importance of seeing films projected on film as an "essential part of our cultural experience", as well as discussing why the debate around film needs to change.
Dean said: "As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema.
"Film has characteristics »
This year's BFI London Film Festival is beginning to take shape. Four of the gala screenings have already been announced, and on Thursday it was revealed that Cate Blanchett would be receiving the British Film Festival's highest honor, the BFI Fellowship. Christopher Nolan has now become the latest name to be added to the schedule. The acclaimed British director is set to headline a series of talks entitled "Lff Connects Film" discussing collaborations between film and other creative industries including TV, music, art, games and creative technology. Other speakers will include visual artist Tacita Dean, director of the Austrian Film
- Alex Ritman
Christopher Nolan is among the filmmakers headlining the 2015 BFI London Film Festival's first-ever Lff Connects, a new series of provocative conversations about the future of film and its impact on other creative industries, from TV and music to art, games and technology. Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, celebrated for her grand-scale Tate Modern exhibition Film in 2011, will launch the talks on Friday, October 9 at the BFI Southbank in a conversation about the importance of film projection—which is something Nolan has long-advocated with his films including 70mm-exhibited "Interstellar," and his position on the board of Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. Christoper Nolan most recently premiered his new documentary "Quay," about identical twin stop-motion animators The Quay Brothers, in New York. Read More: Cate Blanchett to Receive BFI Honor They will be joined by Austrian Film Museum director Alexander Horwath, an expert on film preservation and archiving. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Cate Blanchett will become the latest star to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival.
The two-time Oscar winner will be awarded with the honour at the festival's awards ceremony on Saturday, October 17.
Announcing the news, the BFI described Blanchett as "a fearless and subtle actress" who has a "mesmerising screen presence".
"She has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect," it added.
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Meryl Streep has had a long and illustrious career and shows no signs of slowing down now in her fifth decade on the big screen, but what do you think has been the best decade of her career so far? She's picked up a record 19 Oscar nominations, including two in the 1970s, six in the 1980s, four in the 1990s, four in the 2000s and three already in the 2010s. That includes three victories, for her supporting role in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and lead performances in "Sophie's Choice" (1982) and "The Iron Lady" (2011). But when was she at her best? -Break- We asked our forum posters to weigh in. Read some of their comments below, join the discussion in our forums here and make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. Experts' early Oscar predictions: 'Joy,' 'The Revenant,' Leo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett ... MladenVukcevic: Plain and simple. »
The BFI are set to bestow it’s highest honor on Cate Blanchett at this year’s London Film Festival. Blanchett will be the receipient of the BFI Fellowship Award, »
- Jazz Tangcay
Coming on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality is a noticeable increase in the amount of Lgbt stories in mainstream entertainment. First “Fun Home” takes top honors at the Tony Awards, then film awards season frontrunners “Carol” and “Grandma” feature more strong and complicated lesbian characters. Joining Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Lily Tomlin in the awards race is Oscar nominee Ellen Page and last year’s leading actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore in what look to be two of the most powerful performances of the season. “Freeheld,” based on the real-life story of Ocean County cop Laurel Hester, is screenwriter Ron Nyswaner’s adaptation of the Oscar-winning, Cynthia Wade-directed 2007 documentary of the same name. Helmed by Peter Sollett, the film centers on Hester’s terminal cancer diagnosis and subsequent fight to have her pension benefits transferred to her domestic partner Stacie Andree. Page, »
On Saturday, October 17, at the BFI London Film Festival awards ceremony, Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI Fellowship. The prize will be bestowed the same night as the UK premiere of "Truth," starring Blanchett as onetime "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather. "Carol," starring Blanchett as one half of a lesbian love affair opposite Rooney Mara, also screens at the festival this year following a rapturous premiere at Cannes, and a likely North American debut in Telluride. Previous BFI Fellowships include Stephen Frears, Sir Christopher Lee, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Al Pacino and Mel Brooks have also received BFI Fellowships. Read More: Todd Haynes' Oscar Contender 'Carol' Heads for London (Trailer) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Michael Moore Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Todd Haynes, director of Carol (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara), Mountains May Depart (Shan He Gu Ren) director Jia Zhangke and Where To Invade Next director Michael Moore will participate in the 53rd New York Film Festival HBO sponsored Directors Dialogues.
Hou Hsiao-hsien, director of The Assassin (Nie Yin Niang) and New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones will have an On Cinema master class conversation. The Boys From Fengkuei (Feng Qui Lai De Ren) will be screening in the festival's Revivals section.
On Cinema Hou Hsiao-hsien - Saturday, October 10, 3:30pm
All of the Directors Dialogues are free to the general public. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Oscar-winning Australian actor and theatre director to be honoured at London film festival for her outstanding achievement in film
Australian actor Cate Blanchett is to be awarded a BFI Fellowship by the UK’s lead film agency, the British Film Institute, at this year’s London film festival.
The BFI Fellowship – not to be confused with a similarly titled honour given by Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) – is a lifetime achievement award given by the BFI board of governors and presented for “outstanding achievement in film and television”. There have been some 80 previous recipients, including Al Pacino, Judi Dench, Mike Leigh and, most recently, Mel Brooks.
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- Andrew Pulver
Read More: Watch: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Todd Haynes Are An Oscar Triple Threat in 'Carol' Teaser As if the tremendous awards buzz surrounding her acclaimed performance in Todd Haynes' "Carol" wasn't enough, Cate Blanchett is now set to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival. The award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television. Both of Blanchett's fall releases -- "Carol" and the Dan Rather drama "Truth" -- are playing at the London Film Festival this October. "Cate Blanchett's mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles," said the BFI in a statement. "A fearless and subtle actress, she has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect." In her 25-year career, Blanchett has appeared in critically acclaimed. »
- Zack Sharf
The British Film Institute and the BFI London Film Festival have announced that Cate Blanchett is to receive its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at this year’s BFI London Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 17th.
“Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles,” said Greg Dyke, Chairman of the BFI. “We are absolutely delighted to honour her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s Lff awards.”
The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and Cate Blanchett’s mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. A fearless and subtle actress, she has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect. The diversity of »
- Gary Collinson
The actress will receive the award at the London Film Festival, where her new film Truth wil have a special presentation.
The BFI will give its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, to twice Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett at this year’s BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18).
Blanchett will receive the award at the festival’s annual award ceremony on Saturday October 17 at Banqueting House.
Todd Haynes’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation, Carol, stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Cate Blanchett is to receive a BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival annual awards ceremony on October 17. The award is the highest given out by the Institute.
Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its UK Premiere on the same night and, in honour of the award, is screening as the Fellowship Special Presentation film. Cannes hit Carol will also feature in the festival programme.
Based on the book Truth and Duty, Truth tells the incredible story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and Dan Rather’s 60 Minutes producer and the risks she took to expose a story on the then President George W. Bush.
- Amber Wilkinson
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