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Kirsten Dunst says the best opportunities for creative people in Hollywood today are on television, rather than in films. “People don’t go to the cinema unless it’s an event any more,” the actress said in an interview published Sunday by the U.K.’s Guardian. “The movie industry is in a weird place, for sure, and the creative people are blossoming on television.” Dunst is currently filming the second season of FX series “Fargo,” which is loosely based on the 1996 film of the same name from the Coen brothers. This season’s premiere is Monday, Oct. 12. Also Read: »
- Todd Cunningham
Nowadays, it's hard to image that Nicolas Cage would turn down any movie, let alone one guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster success. Especially when he's taking jobs in such dreck as Left Behind and Season of the Witch. But as it turns out, he passed up a key role in what is one of the biggest series of all time. Yes, he could have been Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
For the past few years, Nicolas Cage has had a rough go at choosing projects. He's appeared in one flop after the next, many of them going straight to VOD or home video (which isn't a bad thing in this day of streaming media, but in his case it has been). He won raves for his indie thriller Joe, and had a great cameo turn in Kick-Ass, but there hasn't been anything too memorable on his resume for sometime. »
Currently promoting his new film Pay the Ghost [read our review here], Nicolas Cage has been speaking to Newsweek about his desire to work with such directors as Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino in the future, as well as some of the roles he was offered over the years that for one reason or another he had to turn down.
“There certainly were movies that I probably would have benefited from if circumstances in my life allowed me to make them. Lord of the Rings. That trilogy. Aragorn. Or The Matrix. But the thing is about those movies, I can watch them. I can enjoy them as an audience member. I don’t really watch my own movies. »
- Scott J. Davis
Few movie companies in Europe have done more over the past decade to boost the high end of their national movie industries than Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Mediaset Espana, Spain’s biggest broadcast network group, which turns 15 this year.
Its top 10 movies, all co-produced with Spanish producers, have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide. They include Spain’s No. 1 B.O. title in 2012, Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” ($54.5 million), and 2014’s chart-topper, “Spanish Affair” ($77.5 million), which grossed four times its nearest Hollywood rival, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ($17.5 million) and helped Spanish films to a 24% domestic market share, their biggest since 1977.
Telecinco Cinema’s biggest hits point to the capacity of film companies outside the U.S. to make movies that can impact the international box office: “The Impossible” grossed $180 million worldwide, Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” snagged $38 million (and three Academy Awards) in the U. »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
She then signed her first major beauty contract with 'Giorgio Armani Beauty'.
Her next films include "The Girl King" and "The 9th Life of Louis Drax".
"The whole discussion surrounding gender is something I have been fascinated with since I was in university taking womens' studies," said Gadon. "I think that is what really drives a lot of my work as an actress—especially those questions about identity: Who are we? How do we form ourselves?
"How a character moves in a garment is an external expression of their psyche. I’ve learned that I have so much to learn...I »
- Michael Stevens
Wim Wenders with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Claire Brunel
The director of recent documentaries Pina on the late great choreographer poet Pina Bausch and the Oscar nominated The Salt Of The Earth with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado on master photographer Sebastião Salgado, is in New York for Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road, the first stop for a major retrospective of his films. Wenders has many long-term collaborations along the way including Peter Handke and Nick Cave who will appear with Reda Kateb (great in David Oelhoffen's Albert Camus adaptation, Far From Men, opposite Viggo Mortensen) and Sophie Semin in his latest film, The Beautiful Days Of Aranjuez (Les Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez).
In the elevator on my way to meet Wim, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
To salute the release of American Ultra, we hunt down the subtle ways to spot an undercover agent on the big screen...
American Ultra - out in UK cinemas tomorrow - sees Jesse Eisenberg play a strung-out, stoner slacker, who as it happens is also a deep cover agent trained to be a lethal killing machine by the Us government. And when he’s marked for extermination, he stops getting high, and starts kicking ass and taking names.
From character pieces about the nature of identity to ludicrous third act reveals, the idea of someone going deep undercover has been a go-to trope in films for a very long time. But what if you are worried that someone around you could secretly be a deep cover agent? If so, here are some tips from the movies to spot if someone isn’t quite on the level.
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Production is shortly to officially begin on the next Jason Bourne movie adventure, that sees Matt Damon returning to play the role for the fourth time. Also returning for the thus-far unnamed Bourne 5 is director Paul Greengrass, who to date has helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum in the series.
Joining Damon in the cast? We already know that Julia Stiles is back for this one, and Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones have both signed up for duty too. Now Variety reports that Vincent Kassel (Black Swan) has joined the cast too. His exact role isn't yet known, short of the fact that he's going to be play an assassin who's trying to take Jason Bourne out.
Bourne 5 is set to shoot in Greece and America, and it's due in cinemas »
Throughout the course of the original Bourne trilogy – sorry, Jeremy Renner – director Paul Greengrass displayed a deft touch in assimilating some of the most hard-pressing political themes of the time into his espionage thrillers. Looking ahead to his future reunion with the filmmaker, Matt Damon recently teased the way in which the franchise has evolved since the release of Ultimatum, and how ultimately both he and Greengrass will be tackling a post-Snowden world with Bourne 5.
Such was the cultural impact of the Nsa whistleblower that Damon feels incorporating themes of informational control and democracy is an easy decision to make, and in an interview with Buzzfeed, The Martian star hinted at the kind of global thriller we can expect in Universal’s as-yet-untitled sequel.
“Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world,” Damon said. “It seems like enough has changed, »
- Michael Briers
While promoting "The Martian," Matt Damon gave Buzzfeed some updates on the untitled "Bourne" sequel, which starts production next week. Damon said he and director Paul Greengrass had always looked at the "Bourne" movies as about the Bush presidency, so they took a page from John Mayer and waited on the world to change before revisiting Damon's character. Thanks to Edward Snowden and the Nsa scandal, they felt it was time to be Bourne again. Here are Damon's details on the new plot:
Without giving too much of it away, it's Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy. »
- Gina Carbone
Like each of Lisandro Alonso‘s cinematic offerings that came before – La Libertad, Los Muertos, Fantasma and Liverpool – the Un Certain Regard debuted, Fipresci Prize winning Jauja regards the solitary man facing the exactings of life, nature and the human spirit. But something is quite different here. There seems to be some kind of scripted narrative, lavish costuming and even what many would call a proper movie star in the robustly mustachioed Viggo Mortensen. Yet by embracing these glacial shifts in the filmmaking process itself, Alonso has elevated his art from contemplatively ethnographic to something much more strange, exciting, illusive and illuminating.
For the first time in his career, Alonso parsed out something resembling a working feature length script in partnership with the Argentinian poet Fabián Casas whom he’d worked with previously on untitled Albert Serra addressed short and took on Mortensen as both his leading man producer on the project, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Premiered at Berlin, “Victoria,” directed by Sebastian Schipper, was the biggest winner at Haugesund’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival on Wednesday night, scooping its top prize in the main program. Kudos were awarded by Norwegian film critics. The film is distributed by Arthaus in Norway.
The audience award went to Jaco van Dormael’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight standout “The Brand New Testament,” which also won the “Bringer of Happiness” prize. The film is to be released locally by Another World Entertainment.
A special mention in the same category went to Norwegian documentary “Rebels,” directed by Kari Anne Moe, and also the festival’s opening film.
The Ecumenical Award was awarded to the road movie and Albert Camus adaptation “Far From Men,” directed by David Oelhoffen, starring Viggo Mortensen, and distributed in Norway by Storytelling Media. »
- Jon Asp
Haugesund Norway — Roar Uthaug’s “The Wave,” Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs,” Kari Anne Moe’s “Rebels,” Stig Björkman’s “Ingrid Bergman — In Her Own Words” and Dagur Kári’s “Virgin Mountain” are among the Nordic highlights set to play at the 43rd Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
Paying homage to Gallic cinema, the festival will host a French Touch section featuring Philippe Garrel’s “In the Shadow of Women,” which opened at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man,” a Cannes competition entry that earned its star Vincent Lindon a best actor award; as well as another alumnus of this year’s Cannes’ Directors Fortnight: Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years.” The French Touch sidebar is completed by Cedric Jimenez’s thriller “The Connection” with Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche, which bowed at last year’s Toronto, and Melanie Laurent’s “Breathe,” which »
- Elsa Keslassy
From the very earliest days of cinema, practical effects have been the big draw for audiences. The very first films may have wowed the crowds with images of trains pulling into a station, but it was the fantastical made real that fired the imaginations of millions, and led to film as we know it - narrative flights of fancy which have entertained and made us gasp for well over 100 years. But the last 25 years have seen practical effects fall by the wayside.
Digital effects created in a computer took over, and allowed filmmakers to dream even bigger. But practical effects are beginning to make a comeback. Some of this is due to audiences feeling the CG burnout; no longer quite believing what they’re seeing, resulting in »
The anti-Cruise factor seems to have dissipated, at least among cinemagoers, judging by last weekend's opening for Mission: Impossible . Rogue Nation.
The $150 million Paramount/Skydance picture amassed $5.15 million, including $137,000 in previews, up 21% on the 2011 debut of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
In 27 of 32 international markets, the action-adventure co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner registered the biggest opening of Cruise.s career. (His personal best here is still The War of the Worlds. $6.5 million in 2005).
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge Of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, which he also directed), the fifth instalment of the franchise rang up $55.5 million in the Us and $64.5 million in the rest of the world.
Australian exhibitors were impressed with the opening, »
- Don Groves
Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black; Captain America: The First Avenger) has officially signed on to face-off with Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) in the upcoming fifth installment of the Bourne franchise. Details on the film's plot are still scarce, but Variety reports that Jones is set to play a high-ranking officer at the CIA, a role akin to ones played by Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, and David Strathairn in previous installments. In addition to Damon, director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) is back to helm his third Bourne film and longtime co-star Julia Stiles (Dexter) is also returning for her fourth adventure. Along with Jones, Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) has been confirmed to be joining the franchise and it's been rumored that Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings) is in line for a villainous role. Greengrass and frequent collaborator Christopher Rouse are currently »
While Universal Pictures and the filmmakers still haven't decided on an official title for the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, the cast continues to grow. Variety reports that Tommy Lee Jones has signed on for Bourne 5, portraying a "superior officer at the CIA." The role is being compared to the characters played by Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Brian Cox and Edward Norton in the first four Bourne movies.
Tommy Lee Jones will be joined by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons and Alicia Vikander, whose role has not yet been revealed. We reported last month that Viggo Mortensen was being sought to portray the main villain, but his involvement has never been confirmed yet. Universal is also moving forward with a separate sequel for 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, but producer Frank Marshall has confirmed that there are no current plans for Jason Bourne »
Tommy Lee Jones will reportedly play "a superior officer at the CIA" in the upcoming Bourne sequel bringing Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass to direct following the less than stellar response to The Bourne Legacy. Not much is known about the film so far other than the fact Damon is back as Bourne, Julia Stiles is back as Nicky and Alicia Vikander is joining the feature as an unknown character while Viggo Mortensen's name has been rumored for a villain role. Jones' role is expected to be along the same lines as those played by Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and David Strathairn in past Bourne features. The film is currently slated for a July 29, 2016 release with production expected to begin later this summer. Variety »
- Brad Brevet
Cameras are set to be unpacked shortly on the fifth movie in the Bourne movie series, and crucially the film that will bring Matt Damon back into the franchise. He'll be playing Jason Bourne for the fourth time in the new movie, with his character having being talked about extensively in The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner. A separate Bourne film that'll see the return of Renner is being developed separately.
Furthermore, Damon is reuniting with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass for the new film (they also worked together on Green Zone), which also has Alicia Vikander and Julia Stiles amongst its cast.
Variety now reports too that Tommy Lee Jones is to take on a role in the new Bourne film, although as you might expect, exact »
As Universal preps the untitled fifth Bourne movie to go before cameras later this summer, it’s been revealed that Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is joining the cast.
Variety was the first to report the news, noting that Jones may play a senior officer at the CIA. Matt Damon is returning to topline as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, with Julia Stiles also expected to come aboard and reprise the role of covert agent Nicky Parsons.
Alicia Vikander, who broke out in a big way earlier this year playing artificially intelligent android Ava in Ex Machina, is also in talks to come aboard in the lead female role opposite Damon.
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Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Viggo Mortensen (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) was at one point being courted for the role of an assassin hunting Bourne around the globe in the wake of The Bourne Ultimatum. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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