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Fresh off the announcement that the film will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Lionsgate has unveiled the first Sicario image from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming dramatic actioner. Penned by Taylor Sheridan, the story takes place near the U.S.-Mexico border and stars Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent who is enlisted by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) to take out a Mexican cartel boss. This is one of my most anticipated films of the year for a number of reasons. First off, female-led action films are rare, and Emily Blunt is incredible. Secondly, while I wasn’t blown away by Prisoners, I thought Villeneuve’s Enemy was superb. And thirdly, freaking Roger Deakins is the cinematographer, reuniting with Villeneuve after Prisoners. He’s simply the most masterful director of photography working today, and »
- Adam Chitwood
While some filmmakers only find out the night before, Cannes Film Festival’s Thierry Frémaux informed Denis Villeneuve that he’d be part of the Main Comp mix almost three weeks back. Having been on the Croisette before with his debut film Un 32 août sur Terrre (Un Certain Regard), and the Directors’ Fortnight was home for his epic short Next Floor and sobering Polytechnique, the Quebecois helmer saw his critically lauded Incendies and Enemy receive a pass from the fest, but it was this work that ultimately convinced backers with deep pockets to have the auteur filmmaker move onto large-scale productions (Prisoners, Story of Us, the Blade Runner sequel), and in turn Sicario is now among the hopefuls for the Palme d’Or.
The film’s Canadian distributor Entertainment One hosted a press conference the morning of the Cannes announcement and we learned that the filmmaker (who is one degree »
- Eric Lavallee
Stephen Colbert and George Lucas are sitting opposite each other having an intense conversation. The setting is the Tribeca Film Festival. The topic is Howard the Duck. "You can.t put a dwarf in a duck suit and make it work," Lucas said. The technology, he explained just wasn.t up to snuff at the time of the 1986 original. However, with the current advances in technology, the executive producer of Howard the Duck believes Marvel is going to bring back this property and do it right. As he told Colbert, I have a feeling that Marvel is gonna redo it because of the technology we have today. Technically, Howard the Duck has already been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. James Gunn unveiled a CGI version of the character in the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy. As Benicio Del Toro.s The Collector sits and sulks on top »
When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:
Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Derek Anderson
So here’s some surprising news. Ryan Gosling has reportedly joined Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2. According to reports the casting is a done deal with Gosling having already signed on the dotted line for the part in the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (the rather brilliant Prisoners).
As to whom Gosling will play remains a mystery as this isn’t confirmed in the press release, which we’ve posted below.
Shooting kicks off next year with Ridley Scott, the director of the original, opting to produce this time around.
Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Principal photography is set to start in summer of »
- Paul Heath
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
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
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
Production companies in New Mexico will be allowed to pre-assign tax rebates to third parties under a new law approved on Wednesday by Governor Susana Martinez.
The Governor’s approval of Bill Hb 216 builds on the incentives enshrined in the so-called “Breaking Bad Bill” of 2013 that increased financial incentives for series television to 30%.
New Mexico provides a direct cash rebate. Many states require producers to sell their credits at a discount.
“This bill proves once again the deep, bi-partisan support for the film industry in New Mexico,” said Dana Arnold, CEO of Albuquerque Studios. “We want to thank the legislators and the Governor for promoting job creation and small business growth in New Mexico.”
At the annual legislative session that ended on March 21, the legislature also passed Bill S.565, which makes it easier for certain productions to obtain the 30% credit and encourages producers to hire and source locally.
The Governor has until April 10 to sign all pending »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
The new film from acclaimed director Harmony Korine is gathering pace, with THR reporting that not only has the filmmaker set his cast of actors for The Trap, but that Focus Feautures is set to pre-buy the film before it begins production.
The Trap is “a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene” that will see Idris Elba (The Gunman) stars as “a gangster rap artist” and Benicio Del Toro (Inherent Vice) as “his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier.”
In The Trap, written by Korine, “Rico (Elba) is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards »
- Scott J. Davis
After delivering the unexpectedly harrowing Spring Breakers, director Harmony Korine is choosing to dabble in a new realm of crime for The Trap. Swapping out the sunny undertones of his 2012 offering, this next jaunt hones in on the same Floridian setting for an albeit much darker tale of revenge. The gritty caper has now caught the eye of Focus Features, who are angling to lock down distribution on the pic. And it’s no surprise considering the calibre of talent now attached.
Per THR, Idris Elba has replaced Jamie Foxx, who was originally tied into one of the leading roles as a gangster rap artist. He is said to be joined by Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the pair committed years earlier.
The crux of the action is poised to take place in the present day as Del Toro’s convict »
- Gem Seddon
A Star Is Born: Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to direct and star in a new version of A Star Is Born, with the hope that Beyonce Knowles will co-star with him. The actor will be making his directorial debut; the singer was previously touted for the female lead when Clint Eastwood was under consideration to direct, which is also when Cooper was first approached for the male lead. If all goes well, this will be the third version of a movie about a doomed romance between a rising female star and a falling male star. [Deadline] The Trap: Idris Elba will replace Jamie Foxx as a 'gangster rap artist' in The Trap, to be directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Benicio Del Toro is set to co-star as the musician's best friend, who took the blame for a crime...
- Peter Martin
It’s been a couple years since Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers sharply divided audiences, but the writer/director is prepping his new film, called The Trap, and he’s pulling together the cast… with a couple changes. We’d heard before that Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro would play a rapper and his best friend, but now Foxx […]
- Russ Fischer
Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the Us rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here. In addition to Elba joining the project, Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and Korine's Spring Breakers scene stealer James Franco are all in final talks »
- Ethan Anderton
Idris Elba signing up for more movies is always a good thing, and this just means I have a few more films to add to my 'Must See' list. This first film will be the newest endeavor from writer/director Harmony Korine, who made a splash in 2013 with Spring Breakers. His latest and greatest, The Trap, follows gangster rap artist Rico (Idris Elba) and his best friend Slim (Benicio Del Toro), who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed. 14 years later, Slim is released from »
- Sean Wist
Idris Elba plays Rico, a gangster rap artist at the top of his career. That's when his former best friend Slim (Benicio Del Toro) is released from prison after fourteen years after taking the fall for a robbery they both committed years earlier.
Having learned that not only has Rick achieved fame and fortune, he's also married Slim's girlfriend and raised Slim's son as his own, the freshly released con is determined to exact revenge.
Slim recruits the help of a cocaine-happy manager (Franco) and a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson) in his task. Al Pacino is also onboard as Slim's parole officer.
Elba will replace Jamie Foxx who was previously attached to the project. It's a familiar topic for Elba who, along with being a highly regarded actor, »
- Garth Franklin
Elba will play Rico in the movie, a successful gangster rapper confronted by a friend from the past who is released from prison after 14 years.
Slim (Del Toro) is hellbent on revenge after taking the rap for a robbery and recruits a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson) and Rico's manager (Franco).
Elba recently began filming for the BBC's Luther miniseries, which will return for two 60-minute episodes later this year.
The 42-year-old will appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, and has also been working on war drama Beasts of No Nation, as well as a new documentary titled Mandela, My Dad and Me. »
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