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George Sluizer, the Dutch director best known for The Vanishing and Dark Blood, River Phoenix’s last film, died in Amsterdam on Saturday (Sept 20) following a long illness, according to Dutch media. He was 82.
“Sluizer had been ill for a long time. In 2007 he barely survived a ruptured artery and after that his health remained fragile,” according to Dutch public broadcaster Nos, quoting relatives.
The director, producer and screenwriter was born in Paris, where he attended the Idhec film academy.
He made his first film in 1961, Hold Back the Sea, a documentary that won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Up until the early 1980s, Sluizer produced and directed many documentaries and TV specials. He also worked as a producer on numerous films, including Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Cancer Rising with Rutger Hauer.
As a writer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
When Wendy Williams found out that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were engaged, she said she'd "eat crow" if they ever got married. That's actually a figure of speech, but Wendy meant it (or just wanted that extra-delicious promo), so for the premiere of her sixth season, she decided to literally eat a crow.But this wasn't just some causal crow-eating. Wendy had a chef come in and cook her crow gumbo — which actually looked mostly delicious. Wendy still hammed it up, though. Well, she crowed it up. (At least she didn't eat her shoe — props to Werner Herzog.) »
- Lindsey Weber
You have to be a bit daring to name your first feature film Wet Bum, but that’s the title of Lindsay MacKay’s directorial debut. The film, a coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who works in a retirement home going through a complicated romance, premieres at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and is an assured and enjoyable debut (you can check out our review here).
While MacKay’s film is sensitive and moving, much of Wet Bum’s attention is going to its star, teen actor Julia Sarah Stone. A Vancouver native best known to North American audiences for her role in The Killing, Stone was also named one of the festival’s four Rising Stars this year. It is clear that the young actor has a long career ahead of her. as she is already working on films with esteemed directors like Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders. »
- Jordan Adler
The controversial doc, which was conceived as a companion piece to “Killing,” takes place in the aftermath of the 1965’s Indonesian genocide and follows a survivor who confronts the men who killed his older brother, a suspected communist sympathizer.
See Also: Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘Look of Silence’ Makes Noise in Toronto
“Silence” just played at Toronto where it received standing ovations. It previously screened at Telluride and world-premiered at Venice, receiving the Grand Jury Prize and the Fipresci Prize, among other nods. It will next play at the New York and Busan festivals. »
- Elsa Keslassy
If you’re a middle-class American with a mortgage and children, 99 Homes is a horror film, scarier than Halloween and Saw combined. The movie, which debuted in Venice and is looking for distribution at this week’s Toronto Film Festival, stars Andrew Garfield as Nash, a Florida construction worker circa 2006. Out of work and underwater on his mortgage during the housing meltdown, he’s evicted from his family home—along with his mother (Laura Dern) and young son (Noah Lomax). It’s the nightmare scenario: Police knock on the front door and give them two minutes to pack their essentials »
- Jeff Labrecque
In today's roundup of news and views, we point to Terence Nance's (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) discussion of Tim Sutton’s Memphis, an interview with Harry Dean Stanton, R. Emmet Sweeney on an overlooked film by Jean Renoir and an excerpt from Paul Cronin's new book of interviews with Werner Herzog. And currently working on new films are Ringo Lam, Todd Haynes, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese and Benedek Fliegauf. Plus: videos on the work of Wes Anderson and the late Robin Williams. » - David Hudson »
He has convinced the Us film and TV worlds of his acting chops, but how would the austere German documentarian fare in New Tricks, EastEnders or Cuckoo?
Werner Herzog: Facts do not constitute truth
Its becoming increasingly obvious that this is really Werner Herzogs cold, uncaring universe, and we just live in it. Germanys greatest living documentarian, feature film-maker and former Klaus Kinski wrangler has parlayed his cult auteur status into some juicy acting gigs. In 2012, he starred as remorseless Soviet gulag survivor and below-average finger painter the Zec opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher. Now the Zecs headed for Parks and Recreation, with Herzog confirming in a recent Q&A that he has filmed a rambling cameo for the administrative sitcoms final season. Ive never seen the show, he said, but I hope they kept some of it. Having convinced the worlds of Us film and TV to kneel before him, »
- Graeme Virtue
The maverick director of John and Jane and Miss Lovely shared his insight on filmmaking with DearCinema readers at IndieTalk recently. He advised first time directors against the following unspoken rules of the industry:
Ashim Ahluwalia at DearCinema IndieTalk session in Mumbai | Photograph: Shaheen Muhammed
Rule 1: You need to have a bound script
Screenplay formats were designed for the Hollywood studio system. It’s actually meant for script readers who have to go through hundreds of scripts, that’s why they have invented this format.
The real script is worth worrying about. It’s without the formatting – one in which you write whatever you want to write. It’s the one that includes your own notes about atmosphere, colour and mood.
Write a “bound” script to raise money but the real thing should be a mess – notes, pictures, whatever. Godard wrote Breathless on the back of a paper napkin. »
- Editorial Team
Currently playing at Toronto, the Cold War hockey documentary has been snapped up for the Nordic market.
The deal includes rights in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Sony will distribute in Us, Canada, Central Europe and Asia. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
In a roundup on new books, we point to an excerpt from Michael Koresky's Terence Davies, gather reviews of Paul Cronin's collection of interviews with Werner Herzog, cite Jonathan Rosenbaum's recommendation of Michael Witt’s book on Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma (no other book on late Godard "seems quite as durable, both as a beautiful object and as a user-friendly intellectual guide"), make note of strong reviews for a volume on Paul Thomas Anderson and consider the origins of British noir. » - David Hudson »
The CW has released five new photos from "The Flash," the upcoming TV series based on the DC Comics hero which is scheduled to premiere on the network on October 7th. The shots also include a first look at John Wesley Shipp in the show, Shipp was the original 'The Flash' from the early 1990s TV series version. [Source: Comic Book]
Acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog will make a cameo in the seventh and final season of NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation". Appearing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday evening, he tells Flavorwire:
"Just ten days ago I acted in a tiny cameo part in a TV show called, uh, 'Parks and Recreation?'. [I play] an elderly guy who sells his decrepit house to the young couple who are the leading characters in this, and directly to the camera, I address the audience and I say, »
- Garth Franklin
According to Flavorwire, Herzog shared the news during a Q&A at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He said: "Just ten days ago I acted in a tiny cameo part in a TV show called, uh, 'Parks and Recreation?"
Herzog will play "an elderly guy who sells his decrepit house to the young couple who are the leading characters".
The director also elaborated on the plot of the episode, stating that his character is selling his home to move to Florida to be closer to Disney World.
Parks and Recreation concludes with a seventh and final season in 2015. »
The career of Werner Herzog is an endlessly wonderful thing. The director has crafted a rich filmography bursting with documentary and dramatic films. His voice and manner of speaking are approaching iconic status. His statements about work and life are rich, surprising, and entertaining. And every once in a while he shows up in someone […]
- Russ Fischer
YouTube announced a contest this week in collaboration with director Guillermo Del Toro in which entrants with YouTube channels can submit a short horror story to be judged by Del Toro, with the winner getting the opportunity to sign a deal with Del Toro’s Legendary Pictures.
The contest is called “You Tube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween“, and starting September 22, YouTube will open up YouTube Space locations in Los Angeles, London, New York and Tokyo to applicants to produce their horror film on one of YouTube Space’s custom sets. Variety has details on some of the sets YouTubers can utilize for the contest, all of which are inspired by Del Toro’s films.
And for lucky applicants who demonstrate a well-managed production schedule, a strong concept for their film and promising talent, Del Toro will be on hand to provide support and feedback during the filming and editing process. »
- Brian Welk
Herzog shared the news during a Q&A at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday evening, according to Flavorwire.
“Just ten days ago I acted in a tiny cameo part in a TV show called, uh, ‘Parks and Recreation?'” the filmmaker reportedly said, going on to explain that he plays “an elderly guy who sells his decrepit house to the young couple who are the leading characters in this, and directly to the camera, I address the audience and I say, ‘You know, I lived in this home for 47 years. And I decided to move out now and sell this because I’m moving to Orlando, Florida, to be close to Disney World.’ I’ve never seen the show, but I hope they kept some of it.”
It’s assumed that »
- Variety Staff
International dreamboat Werner Herzog recently filmed a cameo for Parks and Recreation, he told an audience at Bam last night. From Flavorwire: "Just ten days ago I acted in a tiny cameo part in a TV show called, uh, Parks and Recreation?" The audience laughed and cheered, and he went on to explain how he's playing "an elderly guy who sells his decrepit house to the young couple who are the leading characters in this, and directly to the camera, I address the audience and I say, 'You know, I lived in this home for 47 years. And I decided to move out now and sell this because I'm moving to Orlando, Florida, to be close to Disney World.' I've never seen the show, but I hope they kept some of it." We hope so, too, Werner. We hope so, too. »
- Margaret Lyons
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Though he's remained prolific as a filmmaker ("Queen Of The Desert" will hit next year, and he's already gearing up on "Vernon God Little"), Werner Herzog has become strangely in demand as an actor as well in recent years. The filmmaker cropped up occasionally in German cinema, but from the late 1990s, with "What Dreams May Come" and more notably Harmony Korine's "Julien Donkey-Boy," he has appeared increasingly in American film and TV. The German directing legend has lent his voice to "The Simpsons," "Metalocalpyse," the upcoming "Penguins Of Madagascar," Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" and even played the villain in Tom Cruise actioner "Jack Reacher." But it sounds like we'll be seeing him on a small screen in one of the unlikelier possible venues, in a cameo on NBC's long-running, sweet-natured sitcom "Parks & Recreation." According to Flavorwire (via the Av Club), Herzog »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Exclusive: UK deal for The Act of Killing follow-up.
The companion piece to Oppenheimer’s lauded BAFTA-winning documentary The Act of Killing follows an Indonesian family that discovers how their son was murdered during the Indonesian genocide and who killed him.
The film screened to acclaim in Venice and Telluride last month and shows in Toronto next week.
Dogwoof will release in 2015.
“Joshua has once again delivered a powerful reminder of the fragility of the human condition”, Harbottle told Screen. “We are looking not only to replicate the astonishing success of the previous film but to top it with some big and exciting plans already in place for the UK release.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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