9 items from 2016
The Berlin Film Festival’s competition, Forum, Panorama and Generation sections program a cornucopia of films from all over the world — so it was a tough task for Variety’s chief international critic Peter Debruge and critic Guy Lodge to narrow down their Berlinale wish lists to a handful of features.
In literature as in film, the editor is often the unsung hero, and few have had a greater impact on 20th century letters than Max Perkins (played by Colin Firth), who wrangled such literary lions as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Incidentally, Michael Grandage’s directorial debut is edited by Oscar winner Chris Dickens. As Berlin-launched biopics go, here’s hoping it’s better than last year’s “Life.”
Out of Competition
More than two decades after “Once Were Warriors,” New Zealand’s own »
- Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
Asked how he's doing after a whirlwind year, screenwriter Andrew Knight is characteristically understated:.
"I'm alive and trying to construct a breakfast at the moment".
The new Jack.begins this Thursday - a six-part series instead of the earlier telemovies.
Knight calls the change "liberating"..
"We had more time to tell a story. The hard part was working out where everything would fall. We had an overall story, but assigning things episodically was a constant trade-off and shifting game"..
"I worked closely with the other two writers, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. The three of us would go away and write our bits, then we'd come back and say - that needs to move, this needs to shift"..
"If you're just writing a tele-movie, »
- Harry Windsor
When Memento arrived in 2001, it was a total buzzfest: Everyone was talking about it. It had a Wachowski level of cool (even co-starring Wachowski favorites Joe Pantoliano and Carrie-Anne Moss), it had a gritty noir sensibility, and an innovative time-bending structure deftly designed to get you inside the brain-damaged mind of Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce). It left Sundance that January with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, hit movie theaters in March, and when awards season came it was nominated for an Oscar for the Screenplay (Chris Nolan's first Oscar nomination) as well as the Editing prize. The movie has lost none of its cachet in the intervening years, retaining a 92% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and clocking in at #46 on the IMDb Top 250.
But I have a personal reason for loving this movie, as well as a story (I always have a story) if you'll indulge me after the jump. »
- Deborah Lipp
Back in 2002, Guy Pearce starred in an adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ classic, revered sci-fi novel The Time Machine. But before that, 1960 brought an adaptation of the book to the big screen from George Pal, who also directed the original big screen adaptation of War of the Worlds. Now Nautilus Art Prints is releasing […]
The post Cool Stuff: Julien Loïs’ ‘The Time Machine’ Print appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Australian writer Michael Petroni has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference in March.
Petroni, whose writing credits include The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia, has joined this year's lineup of speakers strong lineup of speakers at the conference which is being held from March 9-11 at the Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island, Victoria.
With Masterclasses, Discussions and In Conversations, the National Screenwriters Conference has gathered leading international industry authorities including the previously announced Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), Douglas Petrie (American Horror Story, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil) and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine).
Petroni started his career in the »
- Staff Writer
Ridley Scott's multiple Oscar nominated film The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney with Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars. Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Arthur Max's production design, Harry Gregson-Williams' score, mixed with The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer, Vicky Sue Robinson, Abba and David Bowie's Starman add to the journey. The director of Alien starring Sigourney Weaver, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, and Prometheus with Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron, is also a dog man.
The Martian: "You'd be amazed what the equipment's like … "
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).
The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).
French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.
Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
There is, as they say, nothing new under the sun – only variations and modified re-hashings. In the case of TNT’s upcoming drama series, Animal Kingdom, however, showrunner Jonathan Lisco has used the occasion of a panel for the Television Critics Association to set his show apart from its source material – the award-winning Australian film of the same name.
Released in 2010, Animal Kingdom was a loose dramatisation of events in Melbourne that occurred during the 1980s – largely centred on the Pettingill crime family. It starred Jacki Weaver as the terrifying matriarch, Smurf Cody, along with Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn and Guy Pearce, among others. It was written and directed by David Michod (The Rover), and the filmmaker will also serve as executive producer on this television version – as Jonathan Liscoe explained.
“[Film writer/director] David Michod and [producer] Liz Watts are involved in this TV show. I think David would say the inspiration for »
- Sarah Myles
Actor/writer/director Michael Shanks' new series The Wizards of Aus
The Wizards of Aus, produced by LateNite Films, is a three-part Australian commissioned comedy series which puts an innovative twist on the fantasy genre.
The series follows Jack the Wizard (Shanks) as he becomes fed up with the Magical Realm.s obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare and decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of . Melbourne.s Western suburbs.
After accidentally causing a magical catastrophe, Jack.s existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public.
Samuel Johnson guest stars as Terry the Shark.
Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life. »
- Staff Writer
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