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“Cannes is the oldest film festival in the world, and I’ve long dreamed of having one of my films there in competition. It’s a dream that lay dormant for a long time; I stopped believing in it. So I’m extremely touched to be part of the festival this year. I didn’t think the film would be selected. Most of the time, at the last minute, they call you and say, ‘Sorry, we aren’t taking your movie.’ Then you cry. I’ve been through that process a few times,” Denis Villeneuve told The Guardian after learning that his film "Sicario" will hit the Croisette this year. We're pretty excited too. Read More: Cannes First Look: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Today, HitFix has more images from the film, including the first look at Emily Blunt. She's joined by Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Blunt is set to star as Raylene Jackson, a stubborn but vulnerable and determined American woman with a chip on her shoulder who dreams of becoming a champion bull-rider.
Supported by an old-time trainer out to redeem himself and a hustler promoter, Jackson battles through heartbreak, prejudice, broken dreams and bones to get reach the top of the sport.
Embankment Films will launch the project among buyers in advance of the Cannes market, with the team aiming to shoot in autumn 2015. CAA handles domestic rights.
Longi told ScreenDaily how he was inspired to write the script after a recent road-trip across America led him »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Heading into the Cannes world premiere, details have emerged of the international buyers on Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s drug cartel thriller.
Denis Villeneuve directed Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro andthe thriller will compete for the Palme d’Or when it screens in Competition. Taylor Sheridan wrote the screenplay.
Lionsgate UK will distribute in the UK day-and-date with the Us via Lionsgate on September 18.
Lionsgate International licensed rights to Village Roadshow in Australia, StudioCanal in Germany, Metropolitan in France, International Distribution Company in Latin America and Nordisk in Scandinavia.
Deals also closed in Italy (Rai), Taiwan (Long Shong), Benelux (Belga), Spain (eOne), Japan (Happinet), Portugal (Pris), Hong Kong (Us Films), Philippines (Pioneer), Indonesia (Pt Prima), Malaysia (Multivision – Malaysia), Poland (Monolith) and Switzerland (Impuls).
Rights have gone to former Thailand (Sahamongkol), Singapore (Cathay Organizational Holdings), Yugoslavia (Blitz Film & Video), Iceland (Myndform), Baltics (Acme), Israel (Forum), Romania (Freeman), South Africa (M-Net), Vietnam »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
[With Avengers: Age of Ultron opening on Friday, I’m taking a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These articles do not contain spoilers for unreleased Marvel movies. If you know any spoilers about the unreleased Marvel movies, please do not post them in the comments section.] Usually, when an ad tells you that an upcoming movie is from a studio as opposed to a director or even producers, that’s a bad sign. But Marvel, as usual, is the exception. So when the teaser poster for Guardians of the Galaxy read, “From the studio that brought you Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers,” it meant something. The glib “You’re welcome,” at the bottom not only jived with the film’s irreverent attitude, but also the studio taking credit for a film that could have been commonplace in the 1980s and today requires the backing of one the world’s biggest entertainment brands. Marvel Studios used this backing not to create yet another superhero film, but almost something else entirely—a sci-fi adventure movie that jumped ahead to a team dynamic. It’s also the Marvel film that is least related to all of the others that came before. »
- Matt Goldberg
Speaking in an interview with John Hazelton in Screen and Telefilm Canada’s Cannes Special supplement due out in May, Villeneuve admits the prospect of tackling a Blade Runner sequel was intimidating.
“Let’s say it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” he said, “because I’m a massive Blade Runner fan, it’s one of my favourite movies.”
The director of Prisoners and Enemy added: “I was massively influenced, like a lot of people, by this movie. And Ridley Scott is a master.
“So I’m going there with a great amount of humility and a great amount of deep joy. And I know I can do it.”
While Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is no stranger to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, having had many titles from his back catalogue screen there, his upcoming effort – Sicario – is something of a watershed, being his first feature-length film to be selected to screen in competition during the event. The film – about Mexican drug cartels – will have a wider release on September 18th, and stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
The most recent films from Villeneuve include the critically acclaimed Prisoners and Enemy, and the successful director recently spoke to The Montreal Gazette on hearing the announcement of the selection of Sicario, expressing confidence in his latest work.
“It’s my best film yet. It’s the most ambitious in terms of scope. It’s also my most accessible film yet. I take total responsibility for it – whether people like it or not. I had absolute total freedom on the film, »
- Sarah Myles
If you were to ask anyone around The Playlist watercooler what their most anticipated film at the Cannes Film Festival is, you'd likely hear Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" crop up more than once. "Prisoners" and "Enemy" were very well admired around these parts (and of course, elsewhere too) and the director himself is feeling very confident about his latest work. “It’s my best film yet,” he said at a press conference earlier this month, following the announcement his film had made it into Cannes (via The Montreal Gazette). “It’s the most ambitious in terms of scope. It’s also my most accessible film as well.” It's "...a very dark film, a dark poem, quite violent,” he added, when speaking recently with The Guardian. Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro, "Sicario" centers on a female cop (Blunt) and two male Delta Force rangers who cross from »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Denis Villeneuve offered just a taste of what to expect for his latest in The Guardian on Friday. "Sicario," slang for hitman, stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent and Josh Brolin as the CIA official who lead the charge against a horrific drug lord on the streets of Juarez, just outside El Paso, Texas. Tasked with doing the deed is Benicio del Toro's titular assassin. Villeneuve said: “a very dark film, a dark poem, quite violent... It’s about the alienation of the cycles of violence, how at one point we are in those spirals of violence and ask ourselves, ‘Is there a solution?' My movie raises the question; it doesn’t give any answer.” It will be hard to avoid comparisons to Steven Soderbergh's powerful "Traffic," del Toro's 2001 best supporting actor winner that also dwelled in the far-reaching runoff of the Mexican-American drug trade. Villeneuve »
- Ryan Lattanzio
An international trailer has been released for director Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, an animated adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s novel. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that »
- Gary Collinson
Now that he’s been booked to helm a Blade Runner sequel that may star Ryan Gosling along with Harrison Ford, it’s fair to say that Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve has officially arrived. But the French-Canadian auteur has really been stunning critics ever since his Oscar-nominated breakout Incendies back in 2010, and the general public is just a little late to the party. Before he heads into blockbuster territory for that sequel, though, Villeneuve will unveil a smaller but also exciting project: drug trafficking thriller Sicario.
Lionsgate just unveiled the first official image from the film, which stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal and Victor Garber. Honestly, that cast alone would be enough to get most cinephiles in line for a ticket, but what’s really exciting about Sicario (other than that it’s that rare actioner that’s led by a strong female character, a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Need a little animation fix between your Cannes films? It seems like this could be the answer.
The new, international trailer for The Little Prince was released on Monday and it offers a preview at one of the year’s more imaginative animated films. The movie is set to premiere out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Featuring the voice talents of Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, and Mackenzie Foy, The Little Prince follows the story of a pilot crashes in the desert and meets a little boy from a distant planet. The story was first published in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
The latest trailer dives more into the story than the first one and seems to illustrate the imagination that is going into this adaptation. It seems to be blending both digital CGI with some other animation styles such as stop-motion, »
- Zach Dennis
One of the most well-loved children’s stories of all-time is bound for the big screen. The latest adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince hails from King Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne, who takes a few liberties with the popular source material for his vision. But to be frank, with trailers this captivating and visually adventurous, it’s unlikely anyone will have cause for complaint.
The Little Prince tells the story of an Aviator whose plane crashes in the desert, which is where he meets the titular prince from an asteroid-sized planet whose day trip to Earth is part of his exploration of the galaxy. One of those aforementioned changes tying together the movie is a wraparound story that’s made apparent in this new preview. Featuring a young girl and her next-door neighbor, it’s a slight adjustment that shouldn’t sully the gloriousness of the stop-motion animation on display. »
- Gem Seddon
Osborne's animated adventure will have its world premiere at the 68th Cannes Film Festival out of competition next month.
A new international trailer for "The Little Prince" takes viewers on a fantastical voyage, offering breathtaking visuals and evoking lots of heartstring tugging along the way.
The flick is the first feature-length, animated adaptation of the classic French novella, "Le Petit Prince," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and boasts a stellar voice cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, and Benicio Del Toro.
The full synopsis, per Variety:
The multilayered animated tale centers around a little girl (Mackenzie Foy) who lives with her mother (McAdams) and gets initiated by her eccentric yet kind-hearted neighbor, the Aviator (Bridges), into a magical world where anything is possible - a world that the Aviator himself was initiated into long ago by the Little Prince (played by newcomer Riley Osborne).
That "multilayered" descriptor also applies to the film's animation itself, which is a mix of different media, including computer animation and intricate, »
- Katie Roberts
Monday we shared the lineup for the Cannes 2015 Critics Week, and now the complete lineup for the festival has been revealed with the addition of the Director’s Fortnight. 17 films in all will be screened over the two weeks, including a balanced mix of ones from established veterans and newcomers, as well as World Premieres and other festival darlings.
On opening night May 14, Philippe Garrel’s (Jealousy) In the Shadow of Women will make its World Premiere with a story about two romantically intwined documentary filmmakers experiencing a moment of betrayal. Director’s Fortnight will close with the Sundance hit Dope, which you can watch the trailer for here.
Also on the list is the much anticipated follow up to Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart. It’s one of three American films among the lineup. And as a special screening, Cannes attendees will get an »
- Brian Welk
Takashi Miike (Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld), Fernando León de Aranoa (A Perfect Day starring Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, and Olga Kurylenko) and Jaco Van Dormael (a top item on our most anticipated foreign films list, The Brand New Testament stars Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau) are some of the veterans filmmakers joining the previously mentioned Philippe Garrel, Miguel Gomes and Arnaud Desplechin as part the 47th edition of the Directors’ Fortnight. Edouard Waintrop’s programming team happen to be the only ones to have selected Sundance Film Festival items this year with Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope being selected as the closing night film and Chloé Zhao‘s Songs My Brothers Taught Me finds some love as well. Fellow American filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier also joins them — after having launched Blue Ruin in the section a couple of editions back, he now returns with Green Room. »
- Eric Lavallee
A 17-strong line-up of titles for the 47th Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) run by the French Director’s Guild, has been announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference in Paris this morning.
As previously announced, the opening film on May 14 will be In The Shadow Of Women, by Directors’ Fortnight habitué Philippe Garrel.
Also previously announced was Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights, a contemporary re-telling of One Thousand And One Nights that comprises three films spanning more than six hours.
A special screening will be given to Takashi Miike’s gangster-vampire hybrid thriller Yakuza Apocalypse: [link=tt »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas, as well as recent Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” are among the films set to screen in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.
As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference on Tuesday, the Fortnight will unspool 19 features this year — three of them directed by Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes, whose six-hour-plus trilogy, “Arabian Nights,” was announced by the Fortnight last week, as was “My Golden Years,” the latest from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Both Gomes and Desplechin were turned down from the main competition and opted to take their films to the other side of the Croisette rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard — a major coup for Waintrop that signals one of the most openly competitive years for the official selection and Directors’ Fortnight in recent memory. »
- Justin Chang
Paul Thomas Anderson assembled quite the cast for this seventh feature film, Inherent Vice. The groovy and some might say bizarre film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone and musician Joanna Newsom will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut on an April 28, 2015 release date.
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Set as of Thursday to make its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Out of Competition, a new international trailer for Mark Osbourne's (Kung Fu Panda) film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery beloved children's book The Little Prince has arrived. While this isn't the first teaser for the film, it is the first time English-speaking audiences can see the American voice cast. And boy, did they go all out with this voice cast, with Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Albert Brooks, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Rachel McAdams, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti lending their pipes to the animated picture. While it's hard to shake off The Lorax vibes created by a newly created child protagonist and her new old friend, there does seem to be more love and charm here than that film, not to mention how beautiful the animation is during the actual Little Prince moments. »
- Will Ashton
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