Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve and Justin Kurzel will vie for the Palme d'Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at t
The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday with only two U.S. directors in the competition - Todd Haynes' 1950's lesbian-themed drama "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett, and Gus Van Sant's suicide-themed "The Sea of Trees" with Matthew McConaughey.
That said, a lot of high profile films are set to be in the running for this year's Palme d'Or. Also making the list this year are Denis Villeneuve's drug cartel drama "Sicario," Justin Kurzel's Michael Fassbender-led "Macbeth," Yorgos Lanthimos' Colin Farrell-led sci-fi tale "The Lobster," Paolo Sorrentino's Michael Caine-led drama "Youth," Jia Zhangke's multi-generational drama "Mountains May Depart," Matteo Garrone »
- Garth Franklin
The films competing in the 68th Cannes Film Festival were announced this morning at a press conference in Paris. The festival’s new president Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux kept the suspense going as they unveiled this year’s eclectic and rather art house-y selection. In total, 16 films have been selected in the official competition thus far. Another four films are set to be added in the next couple of weeks. The official competition will be presided by the Coen Brothers. Their short film about cinema, which had screened for the 65th anniversary of the festival in 2007, was once again shown at the press conference. Starring Josh Brolin, it is both funny and poignant. American competitors include Todd Haynes with Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, and Gus Van Sant is marking his return to the Croisette with The Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts. Australian co-production Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel, »
- Talia Soghomonian
Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” Pete Docter’s animated movie “Inside Out” and Natalie Portman’s directorial debut “A Story of Love and Darkness” are among the films that will screen at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Cannes organizers announced on Thursday morning at a press conference in Paris. Other films in the main competition included Todd Hayne’s “Carol,” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Justin Kurzel’s version of “MacBeth,” with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; and Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe. Special screenings will include two animated films, »
- Steve Pond
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.
While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
At a packed Paris press conference on Thursday morning, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure unveiled a star-studded lineup for the festival’s 68th edition. Among the competition titles: Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts; 1950’s romantic drama Carol by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Denis Villeneuve's cartel thriller Sicario with Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt; Cannes regular Nanni Moretti's autobiographical drama Mia madre, which co-stars John Turturro and opens Thursday in Italy; and fellow Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino's second foray into English-
- Jordan Mintzer
The Australian actor reiterates her distaste for fashion-focused interviews with female stars on red carpets before awards
Cate Blanchett has blasted the media obsession with women’s fashion on red carpets and called for interviewers to keep their questions focused on movies. Speaking to the Australian edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, the Oscar-winner said premieres and awards ceremonies should be a celebration of performances rather than sartorial razzmatazz.
“Since I’ve been strutting the red carpet, things have changed a lot,” Blanchett reportedly says. “The way women are asked about those red-carpet moments. Oh my God. It’s just a dress!”
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- Ben Child
Sir Ian McKellen will be starring in 'Beauty and the Beast' opposite Emma Watson and Emma Thompson. The 75-year-old actor has been announced as the latest casting for Disney's live-action film, and will be playing Cogsworth, the butler-turned-clock, according to Variety. Emma Watson will be starring as Belle, while Emma Thompson will be playing Mrs.Potts, the talking teapot. The cast will also include Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Steven as the Beast and Kevin Kline as Belle's father Maurice. The film is set to be directed by Bill Condon, who previously worked with Sir Ian in 'Gods and Monsters' and the upcoming 'Mr Holmes', where he plays an older version of Sherlock Holmes. 'Beauty and the Beast' isn't the first classic Disney film to get a live-action makeover recently, as 'Cinderella' smashed box offices this year, with Helena Bonham Carter as »
Cate Blanchett is explaining why she refuses to show off her manicure on the Mani-Cam -- and she isn't holding back! "Since I've been struttin' the red carpet, things have changed a lot," the 45-year-old star tells Harper's Bazaar Australia. "The way women are asked about those red-carpet moments. Oh my God. It's just a dress!" "People forget the fact that women are up there [at the Academy Awards] because they've given extraordinary performances," she continues. "It's a wonderful excuse to dress up and have F.U.N. But let's not forget the work." The Oscar-winning actress is always one to watch on the red carpet, but she's not a fan of news outlets getting up close and personal with her. "Next it will be, 'What brand tampon are you wearing?" she jokes, when asked about the infamous Mani-Cam. "How much more intimate can they get? 'Show us your knickers'? There is a line. »
- tooFab Staff
London — Andy Serkis’ production company The Imaginarium Studios and multi-national TV group Red Arrow have joined forces to create a new unit to develop high-end scripted TV drama for the international market.
The two companies are recruiting a senior-level executive to manage the new initiative’s development slate.
All projects will be distributed internationally by Red Arrow International.
The Imaginarium, which “Lord of the Rings” star Serkis founded in 2011 with producer Jonathan Cavendish (“Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), is a performance capture specialist. It has a burgeoning production slate, which includes a four-part family TV series, “Fungus the Bogeyman,” for pay TV operator Sky.
Cavendish and Serkis said: “Working with our friends at Red Arrow will give us a terrific opportunity to create new content for the international marketplace which we can fast-track into production. Red Arrow is a perfect partner for the Imaginarium and we are »
- Leo Barraclough
Rooney Mara will play the Australian girlfriend of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian who found his birth mother 25 years after they were separated, in Garth Davis. feature Lion. Her character, Lucy, was Saroo.s first significant love interest when he began the search for his Indian family, initially using a new technology known as Google Earth. It.s not a big role so Rooney, who starred in David Fincher.s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network and in Todd Haynes' upcoming drama Carol with Cate Blanchett, must have sparked to the script by Luke Davies, adapted from Brierley.s memoir A Long Way Home. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.s Dev Patel is Saroo. As If reported last week, David Wenham is playing his adopted father alongside Nicole Kidman as his adopted mother.
Also new to the cast is Divian Ladwa as Saroo's adopted brother Mantosh. »
- Don Groves
Cinderella is certainly a childhood favourite and Kenneth Branagh’s re-telling of the classic tale is in UK cinemas now. The endearing story of young Ella, who loses her father unexpectedly, finds herself at the mercy of her stepmother and her daughters.
As you’d expect it’s filled with glass slippers, pumpkin carriages and ugly sisters but the origins of this famous fairytale has a darker side. We’ve become accustomed to the magical stories that all end happily, but the origins of many of our favourite tales are the stuff of nightmares and not the child friendly tales we are familiar with now.
To honour the release of Cinderella we look at the origins of some of our favourite classic tales, »
- Ciham Messouki
In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.
At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning »
- Jim Batts
Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.
The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.
- Michelle McCue
Though Disney undoubtedly has Warner Bros. licked in the studios’ race to get competing Jungle Book projects into theaters, the latter’s take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel certainly seems more interesting. Supposedly grittier than the more traditional Disney take, Jungle Book: Origins boasts Andy Serkis in the director’s chair and a starry voice cast. Now, the buzzy pic has taken another step forward, with word that The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is in talks to star.
The voice cast includes Serkis (as Baloo the bear), Christian Bale (as panther Bagheera), Benedict Cumberbatch (as villainous tiger Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (as python Kaa), Naomie Harris (as she-wolf Nisha), Tom Hollander (as jackal Tabaqui, a jackal and crony »
- Isaac Feldberg
Cinderella has debuted at the top of the UK box office.
Home with Jim Parsons and Rihanna drops to number two, claiming £2.6m.
Divergent sequel Insurgent rounds off the top five, taking £1.3m.
Lower down, Seventh Son and Wild Tales enter the chart at seven and nine respectively.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Cinderella - £3,803,799
2. (1) Home - £2,601,755
3. (-) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - £2,262,498
4. (-) Get Hard - £1,438,389
5. (2) The Divergent Series: Insurgent - £1,307,487
6. (3) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - £432,477
7. (-) Seventh Son - £411,576
8. (4) Focus - £293,243
9. (-) Wild Tales - £183,423
10. (8) Still Alice - £169,144
Source: Rentrak »
The 14th student-run Ivy Film Festival (April 6-12) is giving a major tribute to alumnus Haynes. And we'll get our first-ever look at the drama "Carol" via a first-ever clip. Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's landmark lesbian novella "The Price of Salt" is likely to debut at Cannes 2015. The indie pioneer's first film since 2007's experimental Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There," "Carol" stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in a relationship in 1950s New York. "I very much look forward to being able to take part in this year's Ivy Film Festival, largely because it's a student run event and it was students who reached out to me directly," said Todd Haynes, who studied semiotics at Ivy's home base, Brown University. "I decided to screen both material from 'Carol,' which has hasn't been seen anywhere so far, [and] my earliest works that I felt might be interesting to students. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The tale as old as time (starring Lily James in the title role and our own Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother) scooped $4,321,814 over 271 screens in its opening weekend, which, including previews, takes its Australian box office to $4,757,185 thus far.
Unsurprisingly distributed by Disney, Branagh.s take on the magical fare has avoided the darkness of the Grimm version to deliver what The Guardian has described as .straight-faced sentimentality. with an .unfashionable absence of post-Enchanted irony.. Not that that.s a bad thing . The Daily Mail hails the production as .witty, charming and a delight for little girls everywhere..
Dystopian teen drama Insurgent fell by an average of 51 per cent in its second week of release, taking $2,073,925 over 269 screens. Distributed by eOne, the action-packed sequel to Divergent has amassed an Aus box office taking of $7,108.432.
- Emily Blatchford
Terrence Malick’s upcoming music scene-set feature film starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett is reportedly going by the title Weightless, according to One Big Soul (via The Playlist).
The film, which is currently in post-production and will arrive after Malick’s next offering Knight of Cups, is set to follow two intersecting love triangles, and is described as “a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.”
As yet there’s no word on a release date for the film, but Knight of Cups will be with us on December 11th in the States and on January 1st 2016 here in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
As always with the world of Terrence Malick, nothing is official until the movie is on the screen, so take this bit of news with a grain of salt. But perhaps, if anything, this news indicates that the director's next film is finished. According to fansite One Big Soul (via The Film Stage), Malick's next, music-scene movie starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett is now titled "Weightless." The intel comes from a credit sheet belonging to Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer Joel Dougherty who has both "Knight Of Cups" and "Weightless," credited to Malick, listed. It should be noted that this may be a working title, and Film Nation, the producers of the film, still have it untitled on their website. Here's the official synopsis: The film follows two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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