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Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Other named contenders include Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Julie Taymor (“Frida”), Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) or Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”). But what about “Lost in Translation” auteur Sofia Coppola or “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling? They, »
- Travis Reilly
Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir
Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly Reichardt’s 2013 title Night Moves) after its premiere at Sundance and snagging Elle Fanning a Best Actress award at the Karlovy Film Festival, Low Down is otherwise a rather unremarkable treatment of a slipping down life, bright lights dimmed by the self-induced depravity of drugs and alcohol. Told from the perspective of the teenage daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany, the film is the first time feature from Jeff Preiss, heretofore a music video director (Mariah Carey’s “Emotions”) and a documentary cinematographer. Perhaps this explains why much of the film feels concerned with superficial detailing of a vintage time and era rather than it does as a chapter in a young woman’s life growing up with troubled yet notable parental figures.
In 1974 Hollywood, »
- Nicholas Bell
If Bill Murray isn't part of your holiday traditions already, he is now.
If Bill Murray isn't part of your holiday traditions already, he is now.
In addition to his 1988 film Scrooged that has become a must-watch movie in the month of December, Murray disclosed on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he's also planning on doing a Christmas special with Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola -- but he could have shown a bit more enthusiasm when promoting the project.
"Well, I guess you said it on TV -- that’s not helping me," Murray told the daytime host after she asked about the reports that he was doing a special. "It’s kind of a nice, it was sort of [Sophia's] idea and I think we’ll have to do it. I guess we’ll have to do it."
Video: Bill Murray Dances to 'Turn Down For What?'
When DeGeneres digs for more details from the »
Bill Murray has heard of Tinder, but doesn't really need it, which makes total sense, because he's one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. The “St. Vincent” star stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday and talked about the online dating app that he finds “amusing.” Also read: ‘St. Vincent’ Review: Bill Murray Wallows in Feel-Good Clichés “I think it could be amusing, but I can't imagine doing it,” Murray said. “I feel like I have lived that life and I can live that life any moment.” See video: Bill Murray Talks Christmas Special With Sofia Coppola: »
- Greg Gilman
Tokyo — Disney Animation’s “Big Hero 6” got a very Japanese send-off Wednesday at an event on the eve of the film’s world premiere as the opening night movie of the Tokyo International Film Festival.
The well-attended event was carefully stage-managed and, aside from a little spontaneity, there was little chance of anything being lost.
Photographers snapped when they were told to and halted exactly when directed. A coterie of black-clad assistants proffered microphones on bended knees, and a pair of on-stage interpreters never fluffed a line.
“Big Hero 6” is set in a fictional San Fransokyo – a mash up of San Francisco and Tokyo – and co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams fell over themselves to pay repeated tribute to their long-standing appreciation of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, »
- Patrick Frater
Bill Murray is doing a Christmas special with Sofia Coppola, though to hear him talk about it with Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday's show, he's become reluctant about the whole thing. In his classic deadpan style, Murray proved he wasn't going to make it easy for DeGeneres to get any information out of him. When she asked him if the special was happening, he said, “Well, I guess you said it on TV — that's not helping me.” See photos: 10 of David Letterman's Most Memorable Guests He did finally explain their approach to the special, which they intend to film in a club. »
- Jason Hughes
★★☆☆☆Adapted from James Franco's novel of the same name - a reflection of the hometown ennui he managed to transcend, Palo Alto (2013) is another creative misfire from the talented multi-hyphenate. Franco's novel is a series of loosely connected vignettes that focuses on a group of teenage high schoolers and their inter personal relationships. The film is directed by 25-year-old Gia Coppola and suffers from the internal problems of a wannabe creative unsure of what outlet to use. Coppola has admitted that she was drifting through life: "I wasn't sure what my passion was. I never paid attention to movies until fairly recently." How lucky she is to be the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola.
- CineVue UK
By Anjelica Oswald
Hollywood films portraying the world — including the troubled side — of show business have garnered best picture nominations for years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) could be a serious Oscar contender and features Michael Keaton as a former film star known for his portrayal of a superhero named Birdman. He attempts to renew his career by writing, directing and performing in a Broadway play. The film hit theaters Friday. Here are ten best picture Oscar-nominated films about show business (in chronological order):
1. The Red Shoes (1948)
The film is a tragic story about a young ballet dancer (Moira Shearer) who is forced to choose between her future dance career and the composer she falls in love with. The film was nominated for five Oscars and won two.
2. All About Eve (1950)
Anne Baxter stars as Eve, an aspiring, conniving actress who »
- Anjelica Oswald
Bill Murray is a man of many talents, and he continues to surprise his fans with the things he does, both on and off the screen. Variety reports that the actor will be reteaming with his Lost in Translation director, Sofia Coppola, for a TV Christmas musical special. The first thing I thought about when I saw this news was the live TV production of A Christmas Carol in the movie Scrooged. Of course, this special won't be anything like that, but it would be hilarious if it was!
Murray and Coppola are still trying figure sit all out, and there's not much information to share yet. Murray did have this to say, though,
“It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will »
- Joey Paur
Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.
But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.
Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.
God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?
A peculiarly English current of terror — agitated, eccentric and politely unspoken — courses through “The Falling,” an imperfect but alluring study of psychological contagion that marks an auspicious advance in the field of narrative filmmaking for acclaimed docmaker Carol Morley. Observing the fallout of a hysterical fainting epidemic that mysteriously strikes a well-to-do girls’ school in late-1960s England, Morley marries a quasi-Victorian premise with a modernist technique that feels drawn from her film’s own milieu: There are shades here of Joseph Losey and Ken Russell, albeit with a staunch feminist perspective. The storytelling may waver in conviction after a woozily riveting setup, but not enough to impede healthy domestic arthouse prospects; further festival exposure should yield select international distribution for this eye-catching conversation piece.
Premiering in the official competition of the London fest, “The Falling” isn’t Morley’s first stab at a fictional feature, though it feels more »
- Guy Lodge
Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
Sofia Coppola was one of several directors responsible for the reinvigorating of Bill Murray’s career, as he made the shift from sarcastic comedian to sarcastic, but far more serious, dramatic actor. Coppola’s Lost in Translation was a career highlight for both of them, and it was only a matter of time before the pair reunited for something equally inexplicable. For all of that, I don’t think anyone predicted that it would be for a Christmas special.
That’s right: according to Murray, he and Sofia Coppola have plans to reunite for a small film featuring the actor performing Christmas carols. Here’s what he said (via Collider):
It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In a recent exclusive report from Variety, Bill Murray announced that he will be starring in a Christmas Special where he will be performing classic Christmas carols. Joining him on the special is his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola. The special will not be a live event like most Christmas specials are, but instead more like film with undefined parameters. Sofia Coppola confirms the collaboration but is unable to divulge further details other than her excitement for having Murray’s vocal skills at her disposal.
Although the details are still sketchy of what the final product will be like, there is one that is for certain and that is that these two talents will bring forth something unusual and unique for television.
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- Jean Pierre Diez
Re-u-nit-ed and it feels so gooood! For the first time since 2003’s Lost in Translation, Variety tells us that Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will be joining forces for a televised holiday special that stars the sad-sack actor performing some classic Christmas carols. The finer details are still being sketched out at this point, but Murray—who just completed work on St. Vincent, playing a crotchety veteran whose friendship with the kid next door changes his outlook on life—told the outlet: “It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose. It will have a patina...
- Alison Nastasi
Bill Murray belting out Christmas carols? Who wouldn't like the sound of that! The actor is teaming up with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for an upcoming Christmas TV special where he'll put his vocal talent to work. In a new interview with Variety, Murray shared details about this holiday project. "It will have a patina style and wit to it," he says, adding, "It will be nice, it's not going to be live. We're going to do it like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music and texture. It will »
- Emily Strohm, @emablonde
Bill Murray delighted us with his singing voice in the closing credits for St. Vincent, and he's ready to do it again! It turns out that the beloved actor has just been tapped to sing traditional carols in an upcoming TV Christmas special. The 64-year-old star confirmed the news to Variety that he'll team up once again with his Lost in Translation director, Sofia Coppola, for the project. "It's not going to be live," he told the publication. "We're going to do it like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose." He added that "it will »
Count on Bill Murray to keep us guessing. The acclaimed actor / walking urban legend has revealed plans to star in a Christmas TV special which will have him performing classic holiday tunes. And to make it even more exciting, it’ll be helmed by his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola. Hit the jump for more […]
- Angie Han
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Not really sure what the new Belle & Sebastian artwork is trying to say but I dont think Ill be ordering the print. Anyone able to enlighten me? The press release for the album mentions vintage Detroit techno. Be afraid
In case you hadnt registered the increasing frequency of tweets issuing from @BBCApprentice, Lord Sugars finger-pointy humiliation time is back tonight.
Some indie music videos have been released today. As is the current vogue, they are both shot in slo-mo in a forest, presumably in the hope of transmitting an air of deep »
- Sam Richards
Everyone's favorite prankster, Bill Murray, is about to make some sweet, sweet music - specifically, Christmas music. The actor is reuniting with his Lost in Translation director, Sofia Coppola, for a holiday special to air on TV. "It's not going to be live," Murray said. "We're going to do it like a little movie. It won't have a format, but it's going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose." The actor recently showed off his singing skills in his new movie St. Vincent, but I'm really excited to hear him create some holiday magic. Let's all celebrate this news with a clip from Scrooged, because hey, it's a Christmas miracle. Front Page Image Source: NBC, Getty »
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