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Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ghosting! Wrapping up Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week at one of the last shows of the season, Kendall Jenner stomped the runway at Marc Jacobs fall 2015 presentation on Thursday, Feb. 19, working some seriously pale face makeup. While Sofia Coppola, Nicki Minaj, and Christina Ricci watched from the front row, the face of Estee Lauder wore a porcelain face, teamed with bold, straight brows, gray shadow, and an oxblood lip, created by Francois Nars. "Marc wanted a very strong, elegant and sophisticated woman this season—a Diana Vreeland type. [...] »
The virtues of baths, the agonies of broken and rebroken bones, the pressures on doomed submarine seamen, the heroics of an enamored woodsman, and other chimerical and esoteric tales swim around like a head-swirling fever dream in Guy Maddin’s latest oddity, “The Forbidden Room.” A masterful rendering of the outré Canadian auteur’s fascination with arcane fables, silent-era tableaus, the subconscious and its bizarre desires, the delirious movie may be the director’s strangest and best film to date. Dreams, literal and figurative, are an integral part of the human experience, and thus a vital part of cinematic perspective and language. Many filmmakers evoke the myriad qualities of dreams — be it nightmares, confusion, or wondrous slow-motion abstraction. And film critics often observe the dreamy qualities of movies such as the pensive, sun-dappled adolescence often captured by Sofia Coppola, or the haunted qualities of a filmmaker like David Lynch. But perhaps no one. »
- Rodrigo Perez
However, there's always a danger that the album can outshine the movie it originates from. Digital Spy highlights 9 instances where this is the case.
1. Tron: Legacy (2010)
Disney's belated sequel to its cult '80s hit Tron unfortunately forgot to bother with anything approaching a coherent story or believable characters - but what a display of visuals and sound. Daft Punk took care of the latter, crafting a score that fizzed with electronic pulses ripped straight from The Grid.
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Despite being so critically derided, the Twilight movies were consistently able to churn out impressive soundtracks. The best of them was 2009's New Moon, which collected new songs from Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li, The Killers, »
You go into a Terrence Malick movie expecting a gorgeous collage of sound and image, but not necessarily the sight of a neon-lit strip club, a Caesars Palace pool party, or a fashion shoot where a model is told to pose like “a dirty f—ing housewife.” In other words, there’s something at once vividly familiar and strikingly different about “Knight of Cups,” a feverish plunge into the toxic cloud of decadence swirling around a Los Angeles screenwriter gone to seed. Having made contemporary American life seem both recognizable and alien in “To the Wonder,” Malick now extends that film’s tender romantic ballet into a corrosive critique of Hollywood hedonism — a poisoned valentine to the industry by way of a Fellini-esque bacchanal. Those who have had their fill of the director’s impressionistic musings will find his seventh feature as empty as the lifestyle it puts on display; for the rest of us, »
- Justin Chang
We're knee-deep in awards season at the moment, with all the attendant speculation, drama and controversy you would expect. Who should win? Who was snubbed? Who will fall over before they reach the podium? We're looking at you, Jennifer Lawrence.
Around this time, we tend to realise the shocking number of lauded films from previous years which we still haven't seen. So here's a selection of the best award-winning films you can catch up with on Netflix:
Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 classic hardly needs an introduction from us. The film took three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Marlon Brando, as well as a record five Golden Globes and further nods from the Grammys, and Writers and Directors Guilds of America.
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries” …
Lavallee: In Take Me to the River, you take on the lead role. Was wondering if you could discuss Ryder’s emotional story arch and give some insight on how he perceives the world and the people who surround him?
Miller: With his newfound lifestyle, Ryder comes into our story with the mindset that his extended family will have a lack of understanding of who he is. What he comes to find out is the lack of understanding is coming from him. After the the incident that occurs with Ryder and Molly, a stream of past issues with the family begin to reveal themselves, showing Ryder that there is more at stake here then he could of ever imagined. »
- Eric Lavallee
Representatives of French production company Capa Drama – Guillaume de Menthon, managing director, Capa Drama – and of two key locations: the Palace of Versailles (Olivier Josse and Jeanne Hollande) and the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte (Alexandre de Vogue) attended a round table chaired by Olivier Rene-Veillon, prexy of the Ile de France Film Commission, during the Paris Images Location Expo (Feb. 3-4) to discuss one of France’s most ambitious TV series in recent years :“Versailles” – a €27 million ($30 million) 10 hour English-language Franco-Canadian co-production, sold internationally by Zodiak Rights.
Capa Drama’s De Menthon explained that the maximum financing level that can be raised in France for a major TV series is €11 million ($12,5 million).
This led Capa to produce the series in English because they calculated that if the series was shot in English the potential international sales would be ten times higher than if it were a shot in »
- Martin Dale
Park City, Utah – There are still some films to be discussed in my Sundance coverage. Here’s write-ups of “Digging for Fire,” “Entertainment,” and “Results,” which featured the return of festival-approved directors, albeit heading in different directions.
At this year’s festival, two maestros of the ol’ mumblecore days stepped into the big-time spotlight with their new films that boasted their biggest casts and fanciest films yet. The first to show was Joe Swanberg, who has gone from super low-key directing to hosting a celebrity party this side of “This is the End” in “Digging For Fire.” The other is Andrew Bujalski, whose previous films were nerd alerts like “Mutual Appreciation” and most recently “Computer Chess.”
In a reverse course is Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment,” which doesn’t start modestly but attempt to reach a wide audience, but starts with a big promise to reach a very specific audience. An explanation on that below. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After years of involvement with the project, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been officially cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Watson was previously attached to a Warner Bros. adaptation of the classic fairy tale back when Guillermo del Toro was set to direct, but she fell off at the same time that helmer departed. Since then, that studio’s take has hit some significant stumbling blocks, but as Disney locked in Condon and began to search for actresses for its own take on the story, Watson’s name came up again. One source states that Disney believes Watson will be “perfect” for the part and was thrilled to court her.
Following TheWrap’s scoop on the story, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.
Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)
- Jeff Sneider
Logan Miller, "Take Me to the River" and "The Stanford Prison Experiment"Despite being only in his teens, actor Logan Miller has already done more than most actors twice his age. Credits include small roles in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" opposite Matthew McConaughey and Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," and in the TV shows "Grimm" and "Children's Hospital." He also has indie cred, having worked with Kelly Reichardt on her last film, "Night Moves." He's now finally poised to break out in a bigger way via two Sundance entries with a lot of buzz surrounding them. First up is Matt Sobel's Next entry "Take Me to the River," in which Miller plays a gay teenager forced to retreat back into the closet when goes to visit his ultra-conservative extended family. He has a smaller part in "The Stanford Prison Experiment," his other film playing at the festival, but his supporting. »
- Nigel M Smith
Longtime participants in the Television Critics Assn. press tour often get hit with a sense of deja vu while covering the twice-yearly marathon of TV gabbery.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt had that I’ve-been-here-before feeling as reporters were yakking about the strong debut of Fox’s “Empire.” The show reminded Greenblatt of the drama “Platinum” that he and former producing partner David Janollari shepherded for Upn back in 2003.
The show’s original title was “Empire,” but they couldn’t clear it. And “Empire” star Terrence Howard auditioned for one of the lead roles, Greenblatt recalled.
“Who know our show was so ahead of its time?” he joked.
Like “Empire,” “Platinum” revolved around the drama of the hip-hop music business and a family trying to hold their empire together, and the two shows also came from notable auspices: Lee Daniels and Danny Strong for “Empire,” John Ridley, Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola for “Platinum. »
- Cynthia Littleton
While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.
100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe
97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin
- Eric Lavallee
In all 86 years of the Oscars, only four women have been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow. Many hoped a fifth—Ava DuVernay, who directed the critical favorite Selma—would be added to the list this year, but that didn't happen. Instead, the Best Director contenders are all men. The absence of women in this pool isn't anything new, but a chart published by the New York Times demonstrates just how much men dominate Hollywood even outside the Oscars: According to the data, only 2.4 percent of those nominated for best director since 1990 have »
- Ariana Bacle
While "Selma' merited a Best Picture bid in Thursday's announcement of the Oscar nominations, its helmer -- Ava DuVernay -- was snubbed, sending the Twitterverse into overdrive. But how surprising was this really when you consider that of the 421 nominees for Best Director over the 86 years of the Academy Award, only four have been women. And of this quartet -- Lina Wertmuller ("Seven Beauties," 1976), Jane Campion ("The Piano," 1993), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") and Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker," 2009) -- only the latter prevailed. And even with that Oscar win to her name, Bigelow was the most recent member of a different group of women that DuVernay now joins: directors who were overlooked despite their films contending for the top Oscar. -Break- Related: How did 'Selma' go from Oscars frontrunner to token Best Picture nominee? In the years when there were only fi..." »
The art decoration of “Eva & Leon” is sublime, its impact immediate in the measured static shots of Eva’s chic and huge arrondissement Paris flat, classical in the carefully contrasting tones of white, gray, blue and salmon, setting off of furniture, curtains, drapes, sofas, cushions, gray and walls, high ceilings. A life-size flamingo stands by the mantelpiece. But such luxury is not enough. Eva, 35 (Clotilde Hesme), svelte, a dandy, an flaneur, cultured, immature, no children, absent mother, recluse father, termigant sis, lives a privileged life few can dream of, at least seriously. But, as the film suggests, she needs Leon, 10, an orphan who has escaped from his reception miles away outside France to try to find his birth-mother, to give her life an emotional anchor. Emilie Cherpitel’s film portrays their growing relationship of an odd couple. Distributed in France and sold abroad by Pyramide, one of Europe’s top arthouse production-distribution-sales companies, »
- John Hopewell
Ava DuVernay's snub in the Best Director category for "Selma" at this morning's Oscar nominations is disappointing, but not unprecedented. Prior to DuVernay, eight different women were denied Best Director nominations for movies that garnered Best Picture nominations. They are: 1. Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) 2. Barbra Streisand, "Prince of Tides" (1991) 3. Valerie Faris (co-director with Jonathan Dayton), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) 4. Loveleen Tandan (Danny Boyle's co-director in India; he won the award), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) 5. Lone Scherfig, "An Education" (2009) 6. Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right" (2010) 7. Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" (2010) 8. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" (2013) Meanwhile, only four women have actually earned nominations for Best Director in the history of the ceremony: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Bigelow is the only woman to win the award. »
- Louis Virtel
Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.
Wild Bunch will kick off sales on nine new French titles at this year’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (Jan 15-19), many of which will be completed in time for a potential Cannes slot, including an incestuous love story by Valérie Donzelli and First World War drama by Damien Odoul.
The company will also show first images of several previously announced productions including Jacques Audiard’s untitled drama revolving around Sri Lankan immigrants in Paris, which it is co-selling with Celluloid Dreams, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romance Lolo, in which she stars as a chic Parisian sophisticate who falls for a geeky It expert played by Dany Boon.
Sundance Institute announced Thursday that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take an unprecedented look at the art and craft of filmmaking with its new ‘Art of Film Weekend’ series of offscreen programming.
This year’s festival runs from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in Utah, and the Art of Film Weekend (Jan. 29-31) will highlight the unique roles of writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, production designers, art directors, costume designers, casting directors, sound designers, composers and the countless others who bring stories to life on screen.
The series will »
- Jeff Sneider
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