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Read More: SXSW: How to Make Something From Nothing, the No-Budget Way Several Austin-based filmmakers shared their insights on working with actors for the "Independent Directors on Working with Actors" panel at last week's SXSW Film Festival. The panelists included Andrew Bujalski, whose latest film "Results," starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders, premiered at Sundance and also screened at SXSW; "Hellion" writer-director Kat Candler; Todd Rohal, whose film "Uncle Kent 2" premiered at SXSW this week and David Zellner, whose film "Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter," was released theatrically last week. The panel was moderated by Caroline O'Connor, Director of Communications for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The panelists discussed casting and working with both professional and non-professional actors, as well as how their own acting has influenced their directing and how to get the performances they want from their »
- Debbie Cerda
I have an almost irrationally fond affection for Neighbours, but then you have to remember that I’m English and therefore grew up with British soaps which usually involved a group of people knitted out of itchy grey wool muttering curses under 100% cloud cover. There’d be an argument about a scotch egg. A close-up of a puddle. Cue credits. No wonder Neighbours became some sort of exotic religion.
Three decades and five Harold Bishop resurrections later and the antics of those in Erinsborough show little sign of abating. Having not tuned into the show for at least 12 years, I was worried I’d be confronted by total strangers, rather than those familiar faces who were there for me in my chilly student »
- Jazz Twemlow
Emma Jensen’s screenplay centers on the love affair between the charismatic poet Percy Shelley and the brilliant 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. That tumultuous relationship ultimately inspired her to write “Frankenstein.”
Powley will portray Claire Clairmont, Mary’s stepsister who has a hunger for attention and complicates Mary and Percy’s relationship when she moves in with them.
“Bel is fearless and immensely talented,” Baer said. “She immediately understood Claire – a complicated young woman who struggled in the shadow of her stepsister.”
- Dave McNary
For most people, working out is about one thing. They’ll say it’s for health, or to have more energy, or to do some activity better, when in reality the reason is just to look good. Most romantic comedies follow the same pattern. They claim to be about relationships, or humor, or even love, when in reality they’re usually just about trying to look good.
Fortunately, for Results, this isn’t the case. That isn’t to say that Andrew Bujalski’s film doesn’t look good, as it’s shot well and there are a lot of beautiful people in the cast, but the movie carries a depth that makes it more than your typical romcom.
- Alexander Lowe
“Peter Franzén – remember that name,” is what I told everyone who asked me if I’d made any big discoveries covering the Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki in September 2013 — I’d even called this talented thesp “Finland’s ridiculously charismatic answer to Guy Pearce” in my coverage. But unlike that Australian actor, Franzén also writes and directs. His woefully underexposed directorial debut Above Dark Waters is based on his semiautobiographical novel, told through the eyes of a child living with a loving police officer father who happens to be a violent alcoholic. When I learned Franzén would be attending the […] »
- Lauren Wissot
Don’t you forget about Molly Ringwald. Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Hughes’ 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club, stars Ringwald and Ally Sheedy attended a special screening at SXSW (a digitally remastered version of the film will also be released in select theaters from March 26-31). Which seems like the perfect opportunity to find out what our favorite detention-goers look like three decades later:
Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, the “Princess”
Ringwald starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager until 2013, lent her voice to the villainous Dark Princess in 2014's Rainbow Brite, and will next appear in a reboot of another ‘80s classic: Jem and the Holograms.
Sheedy had a multi-season stint on Psych, where she played serial killer Mr. Yang until 2013, and most recently appeared in the off-Broadway production “The Long Shrift,” directed »
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
In a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, writer-producer Andrew Knight has rarely been so busy.
He is collaborating with actor-writer Osamah Sami on the screenplay of Ali.s Wedding, a feature which is due to start shooting in June, directed by Wayne Blair for Matchbox Pictures. He.s developing two other features, The Cartographer (co-written with Anastasios) for South Pacific Pictures, and King of Thieves, a co-production between Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie and UK producer David Parfitt.s Trademark Films.
.It.s a fantastic time to be writing and producing drama; I am doing exactly what I want to do,. Knight tells If.
In January he won Aacta.s Longford Lyell Award which recognises outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia.s screen environment and culture. »
- Don Groves
Did you see it? Did ya did ya did ya? The latest trailer to the future billion-dollar-blockbuster-to-be Avengers 2: Age of Ultron didn’t dance around the revisionist history of the cinematic 616. Ultron, once the product of Dr. Hank Pym – of Ant Man fame, don’t you know – has been shifted to the fatherly arms of one Tony Stark.
Now, the movie isn’t out yet, and I’ve abstained for seeking any real spoilers (that the trailer didn’t spoil itself). For all I know, Tony “invented” it the same way Microsoft invented the Zune. But, let’s just assume that in the world of Joss Whedon’s Marvelverse, Tony Stark did as he said: he attempted to create a solution to the ails of the world… and in doing so, created a would-be destructor instead. Simply put, this is a brilliant move by the boardroom of Mickey Mouse. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Shot in Australia, Backtrack follows the troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) who is suffering from nightmares and visions. When he discovers all his patients are ghost of people who died in an accident 20 years ago, his life is thrown into turmoil..
It is Petroni's first Australian film in over ten years, with credits including The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader..
Backtrack will screen as one of the 40 films in the festival.s Spotlight category, and is one of 24 to have its world premiere..
- Emily Blatchford
Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role. Think about that for a second. This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own. Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year. That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project," In case the name is unfamiliar to you, Reichardt is an acclaimed director whose movies include festival favorites "Night Moves," "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy and Lucy. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (photo: Marc Allégret) (See previous post: "Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.") Simone Simon became a film star following the international critical and financial success of the 1934 romantic drama Lac aux Dames, directed by her self-appointed mentor – and alleged lover – Marc Allégret. The son of an evangelical missionary, Marc Allégret (born on December 22, 1900, in Basel, Switzerland) was to have become a lawyer. At age 16, his life took a different path as a result of his romantic involvement – and elopement to London – with his mentor and later "adoptive uncle" André Gide (1947 Nobel Prize winner in Literature), more than 30 years his senior and married to Madeleine Rondeaux for more than two decades. In various forms – including a threesome with painter Théo Van Rysselberghe's daughter Elisabeth – the Allégret-Gide relationship remained steady until the late '20s and their trip to »
- Andre Soares
Kristen Stewart feels like she is a victim, in many ways, of her own early success. In a revealing new interview she tells singer Patti Smith that she’s afraid “Twilight” and acting defines her when, in fact, she’s still trying to figure out who she is. “Camp X-Ray,” “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Still Alice” all helped her stretch and shape her acting skills. And she talks excitedly about her next film, “Equals.” The science fiction romantic drama, written by Nathan Parker and directed by Drake Doremus, stars Nicholas Hoult, Pattinson buddy, Guy Pearce, and Jacki Weaver. ...Read More »
Set in the 19th century, the film will centre around a woman (Wasikowska) who is on the run from her past and a sinister preacher.
Pattinson will play an outlaw in the movie.
Van Houten will next be seen reprising her role as Melisandre in the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
Brimstone will begin shooting in May. »
Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten ("Game of Thrones") are set to join Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in the thriller "Brimstone". Martin Koolhoven ("Winter in Wartime") penned and directs the film which begins shooting in May.
Pattinson will play an outlaw who has a crucial influence on this tale of retribution. Wasikowska plays Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and pursued by a diabolical Preacher (Pearce). [Source: Screen
Salt and Fire
German actress Veronica Ferres ("Klimt") is set to star in Werner Herzog's romantic thriller "Salt And Fire" which begins shooting in April around the Bolivian salt flats. Herzog wrote the script and will produce.
The story follows a scientist in South America who clashes with the head of the corporation responsible for an ecological disaster. When she learns of the potential eruption of a super volcano in the region, the scientist teams up with her »
- Garth Franklin
Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten have officially joined headlining stars Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce for the thrilling new Western Brimstone. Martin Koolhoven, known for his work on Winter in Wartime, is writing and directing the movie. Embankment launched the project at Berlin's European Film Market this week.
Brimstone is a suspenseful tale of guilt and retribution that unfolds at the end of the 19th century. A dark, violent and epic western about a young woman (and her family) whose lives change drastically when a diabolical preacher comes to town. From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.
Brimstone is set to begin shooting this May. Robert Pattinson is set to play an outlaw in this Western. N279 Entertainment's Els Vandevorst is producing, along with Studio Babelsberg, The Film Farm and Prime Time. Says Embankment co-founder Tim Haslam »
Clearly untroubled by the tribulations he suffered at the hands of Guy Pearce the last time two shared the screen in The Rover, Robert Pattinson is now attached to co-star in the actor’s latest film, Brimstone.Carice van Houten is also aboard the Western thriller, which boasts Mia Wasikowska in the lead as Liz, a young woman on the run from a difficult past who must flee a diabolical preacher (Pearce).Martin Koolhoven wrote the script and is directing the film in May this year, with Pattinson set as an outlaw, while van Houten’s role has yet to be announced. "Wasikowska is a powerhouse performer,” says producer Tim Haslam. “Guy Peace plays a hunter who unleashes hell. Martin directs a highly emotional, gripping and unique story of a mesmerising woman who battles the vengeance of a zealot.” Pattinson is at the Berlin Film Festival promoting his two most recent films, »
Robert Pattinson is joining his “Rover” co-star Guy Pearce in another violent thriller. The “Twilight” star and Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) have been added to the cast of “Brimstone,” a Western in which Pearce plays a diabolical preacher on the hunt for Mia Wasikowska (“Stoker”). Also Read: Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Rover’ Flops in Box Office Expansion Pattinson plays an outlaw in the tale of retribution that begins shooting in May. Embankment is offering up the film, written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), to buyers at the European Film Market. Also Read: Charlie Hunnam Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Lost City. »
- Greg Gilman
Robert Pattinson is having a big week at the Berlin International Film Festival, with two films unspooling: Werner Herzog's "The Queen Of The Desert" (review here) and Anton Corbijn's "Life" (we'll have our verdict soon). The actor is staying busy, currently shooting Brady Corbet's "Childhood Of A Leader," and now he's gearing up to reteam with his "The Rover" co-star Guy Pearce. Pattinson and Carice Van Houten are joining Pearce and Mia Wasikowska in the western "Brimstone." Martin Koolhoven will direct the film that follows "a heroine on the run from her past and a diabolical preacher." Production starts in May. [Screen Daily] Nicolas Cage is putting on his sailing stripes for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.” Mario Van Peebles will direct the true story tale that centers on "Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robert Pattinson is joining Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in the upcoming thriller Brimstone. Carice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Game of Thrones) also has been added to the cast of the movie by writer-director Martin Koolhoven, who was behind Dutch box-office hit Winter in Wartime. Principal photography is set to start in May. Read more Berlin: Has the Fest Become the First Step to the Oscars? Wasikowska plays Liz, a heroine on the run from her past, pursued by Pearce's diabolical Preacher. Pattinson plays an outlaw who has a crucial role in the tale of retribution. A
- Georg Szalai
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